A milestone list is a project management document that identifies all project milestones. A milestone is a significant event or a point in a project. It represents nothing more than a moment in time; hence, when scheduling, milestones should be assigned zero duration.
Typically, a milestone list indicates whether the milestone is mandatory or optional. An example of a mandatory milestone includes one required by contract. An optional milestone might be one based on historical information.
The milestone list is generated by the project manager. Like many project documents though, input should be obtained from members of the project team.
The milestone listed certainly isn’t the most important project management document; however, it is useful for sequencing activities and it’s an input to building the schedule network diagram.
The Milestone List can receive information from:
- Schedule Management Plan
- Scope Baseline
- Project Scope Statement
It is related to:
- Activity List
- Activity Attributes
It provides information to:
- Network Diagram
- Gantt chart or other schedule presentation
- Change Requests