The Miniature Milestones practice is a fine-grain approach to project tracking and control that provides exceptional visibility into a project’s status.
It produces its rapid-development benefit by virtually eliminating the risk of uncontrolled, undetected schedule slippage. It can be used on business and systems-development and it can be used throughout the development cycle.
Keys to success include overcoming resistance of the people whose work will be managed with the practice and staying true to the practice’s “miniature” nature.
Potential reduction from nominal schedule: Fair
Improvement in progress visibility: Very Good
Effect on schedule risk: Decreased Risk
Chance of first-time success: Good
Chance of long-term success: Excellent
Major Interaction and Trade-Offs
- Especially well-suited for project recovery
- Especially effective when combined with the Daily Build and Smoke Test practice
- Works well with Evolutionary Prototyping, User-Interface Prototyping, Requirements Specification and other hard-to-manage project activities
- Trades increase in project-tracking effort for much greater status visibility and control