An initiative typically run for quarters at a time whereas milestones typically is met within months. Because of initiatives long term orientation, you get the option to break each Initiative into short term milestones, in order to better bridge to the daily operations.
More specifically, a milestone is a significant stage, event or deliverable that must be completed in order for the Initiative to move forward. You can set as many milestones to each initiative as you like. This way you can create a more detailed stepwise operational plan for how to deliver on the assigned initiative.
Milestones are characterised by:
- An activity, less complex than an initiative, which runs for 1-2 months
- Having the ability to give feedback with colors and comments
- Only having an end date
- Providing the ability to contain actions
- If a milestone in itself contains several milestones, it should be created as an initiative instead
Where are the milestones located in ActionPlanner?
When you go the detail page of any initiative in ActionPlanner, the milestones are located just below of the initiative timeline inside the “Execution plan”
Tip: You can assign milestones to others so consider milestones as an alternative to sub-initiatives. This will reduce the work needed for keeping this updated and the plan alive.