Milestone Lists

Milestones are typically major accomplishments of the project and mark the completion of major deliverables or some other key event in the project. For example, approval and sign-off on project deliverables might be considered milestones. Other examples might be the completion of a prototype, system testing, contract approval, and so on. The milestone list records these accomplishments and documents whether the milestone is mandatory or optional. The milestone list is part of the project management plan and is also used to help develop the project schedule.

In practice, I like to tie the activity list to the WBS. Remember from Chapter 2 that each WBS element has a unique identifier, just like the activities in the activity list. When recording the identifier code for the activity list, I'll use a system whereby the first three or four digits represent the WBS element the activity is tied to and the remaining digits will refer to the activity itself.

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