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Milestone Slip chart: can that help agile projects?

December 5, 2012

Milestone slip charts (and other names such as milestone trackers) could help track key milestones in an agile project. The idea is that on a regular basis the project manager forecasts when the milestones will be met.

Because of scrum, you may not want to track features as they move according to business priorities. So what is left is milestones that won’t change because of business priorities. Let’s look at some examples:

1. Minimum Viable Product: scope of this milestone may change because of business priorities but the Minimum Viable product by itself will not change priority: you need one.

2. First run on production: whether this is one story or more, they need to run in the product environment meeting acceptable KPI(s).

3. Initial performance testing…

4. First release to external customers…

5. End of project (whether this is scope or date driven)

6. Start of Sprint 1

7. Stable velocity (normally within 3 sprints)

You can even follow Agile SDLC: Envision, Speculate, Explorer, Adapt and Close.

You can download the excel macro document that displays the chart for you: Agile Milestone Tracker Demo v5.47.

Example_Agile_Project

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4 Comments
  1. Richard Stockwell permalink

    Hello Cristophe, I have been using your milestone tracker but recently upgraded to Office 2016 64-bit version and the tracker has stopped working. Please can I ask if you have a Excel 64-bit version of your fantastic milestone tracker template?

    • Hi Richard,

      I don’t have Office 2016 so I have sent you the version without password: see if you can fix it, otherwise with the logs, I might be able to identify the issue.

      Thanks
      Ch

      • Richard Stockwell permalink

        Hi Chrisophe, sorry to trouble you but the unlocked version didn’t arrive. Please can you resend?

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