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Questions tagged [milestones]

This tag is for questions about key deliverables or notable events within a project management schedule.

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Writing Better Milestone/Touchpoint Follow-Up Emails

I am a technical (software deployment) project manager. I regularly have clients request 15+ minute check-in calls, which I am happy to take. The calls are pre-scheduled and have no set agenda. I ...
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Should unfinished tasks be moved to the next milestone?

We have a product which is in active development. For live issue tracking purposes we are creating a monthly milestone. If we will not be able to complete that milestone in the current month, then we ...
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Estimating Fixed Price Project Cost Payments via Monthly Milestones

I have spent the last few days searching for an answer on how to use MS Project (2010 in my case) to estimate a project's cost via milestones that are split along a long program (2.5 years). The ...
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Can milestones overlap?

I have project, where milestones are overlapping each other, like so: ---- Specifications Milestone ---- (Start: 01 Jan, End 20 Jan) ---- Implementations Milestone (Start: 10 Jan, End 30 ...
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My Project Milestones Do not Represent My Current Tasks. What should I do to track my project?

I am involved in a project for my summer internship. Prior to the start of the internship, I have set several milestones to help me track the progress made toward reaching the goals of the project. ...
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Can I have partial acceptance of Work Breakdown Structure packages?

I've got a project based on a WBS with 4 main phases: Project Initiation Planning Implementation Acceptance I would like to do some kind of partial acceptance during implementation for a few already-...
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What is a “Driving Milestone”?

I'm quite new to the whole project management thing. I'm studying Project Libre right now. It seems pretty decent so far. I've found this tutorial on creating and using a milestone block. This way ...
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How to arrange tasks around a fixed milestone?

i am tasked to take over a project that has recently taken off the ground. However, there has been no project plan and we need to create one now. Due to circumstances, I can only fix the next ...
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System for high level project status

A head of software R&D would like to see high level information about the projects R&D works on. What is needed : project, milestones, features, risks. Ability to add features or report bugs ...
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Is there a theory of management that supports backward/reverse planning?

I have found that project managers/project leaders use this common sense approach to planning. Namely, they already have a deadline, then they set milestones in a backwards order. They apply the same ...
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How involved should a PM be in ensuring payments for completed milestones?

In a project where payments are due according to a set schedule, what is the role of a PM in ensuring these obligations are met? Example of a payment schedule within an agreement: 50% deposit, 25% ...
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Ongoing Development and Maintenance: Should I break it up into small projects, or keep one open project and keep adding milestones?

I have to manage ongoing development and maintenance of a client's web domain. There are many ideas for features to add in the future. I was wondering what the best practice would be for an ongoing ...
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How does the team deliver consistent velocity when user stories are de-scoped mid-way through a sprint?

We are using the Rally tool for managing our sprints. Mid-way through one of the sprints, the Product Owner de-scoped two user stories. These two stories are complex user stories carrying 8 story ...
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Need guidance in implementing a third party software tool for enterprise wide organization [closed]

I have been assigned to lead an implementation of a third party software tool. I would like to seek some guidance on making sure this gets implemented successfully. I think I was asked to provide ...
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Why didn't we need a prototype for some of the projects?

This is not about why do we need a prototype. Or the opposite of Why don't we need a prototype. It's about why some of the projects that we did without a prototype/not even thinking about one... Most ...
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How to calculate moving performance target?

As you will see, I'm completely new to PM. I have to write 100,000 words in 6 months. Let's say that is 548 words/day. I would like to know how to calculate a daily target of words needed to ...
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Is it normal to occasionally have two milestones with the same completion date?

I'm developing a list of milestones for a hypothetical software development project. Two of the milestones I've come up with are: MILESTONE DUE DATE STAKEHOLDER ACCEPTANCE ...