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  From the March 2016 Issue of Prestwood eMag
 
Proj Man PSDP Checkpoints:
PSDP Checkpoints
 
Posted 11 years ago on 3/24/2008 and updated 10/19/2009
Take Away:

A checkpoint is NOT a task, but rather a milestone. A point in the project that marks significant progress. Although PSDP contains many standard checkpoints, the executive sponsor and project manager must agree on the checkpoints they wish to track. Once established, tasks can be associated with a checkpoint and you can easily view what tasks are completed per checkpoint and what checkpoints do NOT have tasks established yet.

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PSDP Checkpoints -

A checkpoint is NOT a task, but rather a milestone. A point in the project that marks significant progress. Although PSDP contains many standard checkpoints, the executive sponsor and project manager must agree on the checkpoints they wish to track. Once established, tasks can be associated with a checkpoint and you can easily view what tasks are completed per checkpoint and what checkpoints do NOT have tasks established yet.


Checkpoints are used to group tasks by milestones. When used, you can select Checkpoints in the Sort By menu of tasks.

The checkpoint database is available if the project manager checks Use Checkpoints on the project parameters page. These checkpoints are displayed FIRST by due date (if specified), then by sort order. These checkpoints organize the tasks of this project. You can use PSDP process checkpoints which are based on a traditional software development approach. Or, you can use your own checkpoints based on the needs of the project. As needed, you can add new checkpoints.


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How are checkpoints tracked with tickets?

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Maria
Posted 8 years ago

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ah, good question. There are many ways to implement checkpoints as part of a software development process.

Our implementation of checkpoints is database driven. The project manager creates a checkpoint for each milestone and then assigns each task and defect to a checkpoint. The PM's role is to make sure all tasks and defects are assigned to a checkpoint. Everyone can watch the progress against the checkpoints from the following two views:

  • Checkpoints page - shows checkpoints and is color coded for not started, started, and completed.
  • Project Plan by Checkpoints - shows tasks and defects grouped by each checkpoint.

For example, the following mockup screenshot shows the Checkpoints page:

Implementing Project Checkpoints

Posted 8 years ago

Comment 3 of 3

Mike, can I use these features? I remember you posted that you wanted to surface those features to all members at some point. Did you ever do that?

Posted 8 years ago
 
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The following are practice certification questions with answers highlighted. These questions were prepared by Mike Prestwood and are intended to stress an important aspect of this KB post. All our practice questions are intended to prepare you generally for passing any certification test as well as prepare you for professional work.

Beginner

1 Beginner Level Question

Question #1: Multiple Choice

What is a PSDP checkpoint?

Answer:
1. 

A checkpoint is a task.

2. 

A checkpoint is a requirement item.

3. 

A checkpoint is a milestone.

4. 

All of the above.

5. 

None of the above.

Intermediate

1 Intermediate Level Question

Question #2: Multiple Choice

Checkpoints...

Answer:
1. 

...are decided upon by the project manager and client.

2. 

 ...are used to watch the progress of a project.

3. 

...are used to track progress.

4. 

...are used to group tasks by milestones.

5. 

All of the above.


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