What They Are
Milestones are significant events in your process.
You can measure progress by agreeing on meaningful milestones
at the beginning and revisiting those definitions periodically.
Good milestones center around reaching agreements or completing
Define milestones in an action plan
, list them in a printed checklist, and flag them in a schedule
The milestones listed below may take a considerable amount
of time to complete, but they are an intregal part of your process.
If these goals seem impossible, carefully consider the odds
of getting a workable solution. You may need to put the process
on hold .
Make sure that you are progressing toward a successful solution
by periodically taking stock of
your Action Plan and making frequent
Examples of Milestones
Keep milestones in
a common sense order. It is seldom useful, for example,
to put out even draft decision documents before developing
broad support for a workable alternative.
It may take some ingenuity to create
good milestones. However, this is creative sweat well
spent--good milestones are crucial to good decisions.
- Decision points and decisionmakers
- Key parties in the process are identified and included
(decisionmakers , political and
agency leaders, partners, environmental evaluation and compliance,
technical analysts, stakeholders , etc.).
- Key parties have consented
to participate in the process,
agree that the problem must be addressed, and help it succeed.
A written agreement outlines the problem and objectives.
- A process to inform new participants
and get them up to speed is in place.
- A study schedule is agreed upon that reflects:
- The availability of resources or scientific information
and the time required to collect and analyze
- The level of social and political conflict surrounding
- Actions are taken to include whoever will implement
- Needs and issues are identified
and agreed upon so that:
- Participants understand and consent to the definition
- A wide variety of approaches can be used to address
- The needs addressed correspond with Reclamation's
mission and role
- A broad range of alternatives
that meet the needs is developed through negotiations and
- An analysis to ensure that alternatives do not have fatal
flaws is completed.
- A sound concept is developed to show how the various
types of alternatives will be funded.
- Procedures to develop and review
scientific data are agreed upon. (These procedures can
enhance credibility with key parties
and appropriate institutions.)
- Enough data is collected for the decisions needed at
each point in the process.
- Each decision is made, announced,
- The solution is put in place and