Once the project has been mapped out and a project plan
drafted (usually a project Gantt chart or spreadsheet)
the focus should be on achieving results.
Milestones are used to measure the progress of a
project and are set at key points during the projectís
Particularly in the case of lengthy projects, the final
delivery end product may seem a long way off and to
ensure that momentum is maintained it is best to define
immediate targets, such as milestones to check progress
at various stages in the projectís lifecycle.
Defining milestones provides the following benefits:
A measure of progress to date
Provides details to communicate to people inside and
outside the project team
Focuses attention on project results (there could be
a lack of urgency otherwise)
Manageable stages of work
identify the milestones you start at the end of the
project (the final deliverable) and work backwards to
identify all the major points, which the project passes
through. For example this can be the end of each of the
phases in the project plan, when a major decision needs
to be taken or when a document needs to be accepted.
The number of milestones will vary depending on the size
of your project and the key stages. The milestones, are
a general guideline for a timetable to accomplish the
work or phase and to provide feedback on the progress.
They are a good indicator of the project's progress.
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