Creating milestones

Managers often use milestones to mark key moments in a project, such as the completion of a phase or the approval of a product or activity. In Project, milestones are tasks that usually have zero duration. The symbol for a milestone on the Gantt Chart is a diamond shape. For example, the diamond in the Gantt Chart shown in Figure 4-6 indicates that the End of Testing task is a milestone.

Project Milestone Diamond

Milestone

Figure 4-6: A milestone typically marks a noteworthy point in your project; a milestone is usually a task of no duration.

Milestone

Figure 4-6: A milestone typically marks a noteworthy point in your project; a milestone is usually a task of no duration.

A task doesn't have to have a zero duration to be a milestone; you can mark any task as a milestone. On the Advanced tab of the Task Information dialog box, place a check mark in the Mark task as milestone check box. In this case, the task duration doesn't change to zero. However, the element that represents the task in the Gantt Chart changes from a bar, reflecting the task's duration, to a milestone diamond symbol, representing the task as a moment in time.

Note For milestones with durations longer than zero, the diamond appears at the begin ning of the duration.

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