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Is progress tangible?

When a project is progressing along isn't it always nice to be able to see how it is going?

How many times have you been on a project and you are not sure how it is really going?

The use of milestones and agreed communication is a great way to get a project off to a great start. This can even be extended permanently into the processes of a business to understand the continual benefits being derived.

Milestones are an interesting tool. When someone asks how a project is going it is often easy to say 'yeah - OK', when the real answer is 'we are behind schedule on part X, but three weeks ahead on part Y... we need help'.

The benefit of using a milestone is having the 'go no-go' conversation. It either is, or isn't on track at that agreed point in time. The deviation from that point then can be assessed as to what needs to happen.

Agreeing communication routes / methods for the project and the milestones can help to understand how tangible progress really is.

What milestones are you working towards?


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