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Stage 2: Initiate the Project



What it is How to Templates/
How to: Develop High-Level Milestones and Timeline

Recommended actions and strategies
The table below provides three key strategies for defining project milestones and a timeline.     


What to do

How to do it


Identify the milestones for the project at a high level of detail

Specific milestones will vary according to the type of project and circumstances, but milestones often include these types:

  • Proposals and Recommendations – Provide a basis for approvals and decisions
  • Approvals and Decisions – Provide acceptance and authority to proceed
  • Deliverables – Provide a measure of progress, an opportunity for evaluation, proof of deliverable
  • Events - Provide specific project events (example – a project kick-off meeting)


Provide a brief but relevant description for each milestone

Write a brief explanation of the milestone.

Milestone: Project Management Framework Web Delivery Tool

Description: Web based tool to present framework content to end users


Construct the timeline

Create the estimated target completion date for each milestone.



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Updated February 1, 2006 - v1.0