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Chapter 4: The Plan: Idea to Design > Planning Milestones

Planning Milestones

Putting dates on milestones helps you gauge where your project is, and if you are ahead of time or behind schedule. You can think of these milestones as places to evaluate where you are in your project cycle, and how good your estimates are in implementing particular components. Some of the hardest things to gauge in any project are the unknowns that accompany a project. Especially when you are working with a third-party system such as the Facebook platform, unknown glitches can pop up (e.g., they remove a particular feature that you are using, or change its behavior), and these milestones can help you evaluate where you are, where you are going, and how well you are sticking to your plan.

  • Feature Freeze: Set a date to lock in all required features and check that your project review has uncovered no new details. At this point, no new features can be added for this release cycle. OK, so this is a bit harsh, but features added after this point can start to create some real scope creep.

  

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