Having a clear implementation roadmap is critical to the successful delivery of a project. The deliverables that are required to develop a product or service are vital to developing high level single point accountability and responsibility. The roadmap can be represented in form of a timeline. The timeline is usually created at the preliminary phase prior to developing a full blown work breakdown structure (WBS) and project schedule.
The milestones timeline is very useful for discussing milestones progress with the stakeholders, particularly the executives and sponsor. It is a practical tool for engaging project team members during the kick-off meeting, planning discussions and ongoing milestones tracking, communication, monitoring and control. It is a live document which should be kept up-to-date and in sync with the project schedule milestones, based on the approved changes during the project delivery life cycle. Figure 31 shows a sample project milestones timeline.
Table 10 includes a reference or link to a sample project milestones timeline template. This timeline is customizable. It was prepared using Microsoft® Visio. You may add legends and other attributes to provide a more descriptive content.