Work with Milestones in Your Planning to Ensure On-time Project Delivery
Posted by Martijn van der Hoeden
Are your projects frequently behind on their schedule and over their budget? You not only lose out on productivity in these instances, but you also end up with frustration throughout the team. This problem gets worse if the only two phases of the project are the beginning and the end. Planning project milestones gives you markers to gauge your progress, as well as several other benefits.
Opportunities to Make Adjustments
One of the biggest benefits of setting benchmarks is the chance to adjust if you find the schedule slipping or if you encounter scope creep. You don’t have to wait until the end of the project to find out that vital parts of the project weren’t completed or the requirements were cut to meet the original deadline. Make strategic decisions throughout the project so you can ensure delivery on time. You control any changes made, rather than leaving that up to the frontline staff.
Set Expectations With Stakeholders
How many times do you get called into a meeting with stakeholders simply to discuss the project status? You have better uses for your time and milestones can give the stakeholder the information they need without involving you in the process. A self-driving ERP such as Unit4 PSA Suite can automatically inform stakeholders about changes in the project. You can reserve the meetings for critical moments and spend more time focusing on managing the project.
Provide Everyone With an Idea of Project Progress
Your team may end up missing deadlines because they don’t have an overall grasp of the project progress and how their work relates to it. They’re not going to try to rush to meet project delivery if they think that they’re making good time compared to other people working on it. The milestones help them with motivation to meet each stage of the project, as well as letting them know how much longer it’s going to run.
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