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Manage It! by Johanna Rothman

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Tip 13Schedule Milestones (or Iterations) Midweek

It’s tempting to line up major (and minor) milestones to complete on a Friday. That way, everyone can go home knowing they’ve finished a major portion of work. But somehow, life rarely works out like that.

The more serial your life cycle, the more dangerous a Monday start and a Friday end are. A Friday end means that no one will check when the finishing occurred until Monday morning. That gives people permission to work crazy hours over the weekend to meet the Friday date. And, the more serial the life cycle, the less you (or the team) can tell whether the work is actually done, until you get to the testing phase, at the very end of the project.

It’s a similar problem with iterations. If ...

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