Define the Milestones and Handoffs – Milestone Achievement (#5 in the series Managing Multicultural Projects with Complementary Practices)
By Johanna Rothman
When managing multicultural projects, I don’t mandate how each team should work to achieve their deliverables. Already established teams generally have some built-in practices, including work product review, configuration management, product build, product test, and others. For example, although I strongly believe in nightly builds and smoke tests, I don’t demand each project team perform nightly builds. Instead, I focus on defining and managing milestone criteria, to know that each team has achieved what it said it would, when it agreed to.
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Johanna Rothman consults, speaks, and writes on managing high-technology product development. Johanna is the author of Manage It!’Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management’. She is the coauthor of the pragmatic Behind Closed Doors, Secrets of Great Management, and author of the highly acclaimed Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets and Science of Hiring Technical People. And, Johanna is a host and session leader at the Amplifying Your Effectiveness (AYE) conference (http://www.ayeconference.com). You can see Johanna’s other writings at http://www.jrothman.com.