Sources of Project Milestones

Milestones in Project Management are an important planning tool. This maps the common sources of Project Milestones.

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Sources of Project Milestones by Mind Map: Sources of Project  Milestones

1. Fixed duration

1.1. Transport takes x delivery must be by x

1.2. e.g. duration on critical path

1.2.1. more on the Critical Path

1.3. Process takes fixed time drives other dates

2. Deadlines

2.1. Grant application deadline

2.2. Tax return deadline

2.3. RFP deadline

2.4. Request for Information deadline

2.5. Conference date/ launch date

2.6. End of tax/business year / end of quarter

3. Project Management Method

3.1. Agile

3.1.1. Scrum

3.1.2. RAD

3.2. Waterfall

3.2.1. Ten Step

3.2.2. PMI

3.2.3. Prince2

4. Other Fixed dates

4.1. Code freeze

4.2. Holidays

4.3. Event dates e.g.

4.3.1. Olympics

4.3.2. Conference dates

4.3.3. Summit

4.3.4. Sporting events

4.3.5. Xmas

4.4. Announcments

5. Natural environment

5.1. Weather

5.1.1. examples

5.1.1.1. storms preventing deliveries during a certain time

5.1.1.2. weather windows allowing flights

5.1.1.3. passes and roads passable only at certain times

5.2. Seasons

5.3. Migrations

5.3.1. migrating birds & animals

5.4. Tides

5.5. Is the Environment a Stakeholder?

6. Regulatory & legislative

6.1. Financial calendar

6.1.1. end quarter

6.1.2. End FY

6.2. see also fixed dates

6.3. planning deadlines

6.4. audits

6.5. site inspections

6.6. reporting

7. Materials

7.1. Work packages

7.2. Expiry dates

7.3. Retirement dates

7.4. Maintenance schedules

8. Supply chain

8.1. raw material arrival

8.2. inbound and outbound shipments

8.3. order acknowledgement

8.4. product events

9. Resource availability

9.1. hiring

9.2. completion of other projects

9.3. availability of certain skill sets

10. Project lifecycle

10.1. Stage or phase gates

10.1.1. Feasibility end

10.1.2. UAT end

10.1.3. Method driven phases e.g. Prince2 phases

10.1.4. End of build

10.2. Go live dates

10.3. demos and 'show and tells'

10.4. beta dates or proof of concept dates

11. Project Milestones

11.1. Definition of Milestone

11.2. image of project lifecycle with milestones

11.3. when and where to use milestones

11.4. typical project milestones

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