Are you looking for a more efficient way to create and track Jira milestones? With ActivityTimeline, you can easily create and monitor projects in Jira. In this article, we'll explore creating, tracking, and using milestones in Jira using ActivityTimeline, plus provide some examples to get you started. So let's dive in.
What is a Milestone and How to Use Them?
Milestones are important dates and points in time that you have set for yourself or your team to achieve a certain goal or deliverable. They can be used to track progress, measure success, and provide deadlines to keep your team on critical tasks. Milestones can be used to measure the success of any project, big or small. By using Jira project Milestones, project managers can get a better understanding of their project progress and make sure they’re on track to meet their deadlines. They can also use the timeline view to visually track progress and manage tasks. Finally, they can generate reports to identify areas for improvement and make adjustments as needed. This makes it easier to ensure that projects stay on track and are completed on time.
How to Create Milestones in Jira?
Currently, to create Milestones Jira doesn't offer such functionality. But still, you can create Milestones with different workarounds. Here are some of them:
Create a custom issue type in Jira to track Milestones
You can create a custom issue type specifically for milestones and then use it to track progress. To use an issue type for milestone tracking, you need to create a custom field in Jira to track the milestone, and then create an issue type for each milestone. You can then link issues to the milestone, track progress, and generate reports to measure the progress of the milestone. This is a great way to track progress and ensure that milestones are completed on time.
Create a Due Date to track Milestones:
Due date is a great way to track milestones. Create a new Custom field “Due Date”, and link in Field Configuration Schemes. You can use it to set deadlines for tasks and milestones and track progress. Additionally, the due date can be used to generate reports to measure progress and identify areas for improvement.
Create a custom Jira workflow status for Milestones and use it for the Status field:
You can create a custom workflow for Milestones and use it in the Status field in Jira. It is better to create Milestones as the last step in the workflow. But this method will show progress and finished Milestone, but will not track your Milestone in time.
Create a Release version in Jira to track Milestones:
Release versions can be used to track milestones as well by creating a separate release version for each milestone. This will allow you to track progress and set deadlines. You can also add issues to the milestone, and set up notifications to keep your team on track and ensure the milestone is completed on time. In every issue related to a Milestone, you will see a Release linked with the name of your Milestone.
Create an Epic with a deadline to track Milestones:
You can create an Epic with a deadline to track Milestones. You can also create sub-tasks for each Milestone and assign them to the Epic. Or you can link the issues to Epic. This will provide a clear view of how each Milestone is progressing.
Use a third-party app such as Activity Timeline to track Milestones:
It is possible to create milestones in Jira using ActivityTimeline. ActivityTimeline makes it easy to create and track them with its intuitive interface and powerful reporting capabilities. You can create milestones by clicking the “Milestones” icon in the top navigation bar, a board with a Milestone panel will show up, enter the details such as for your milestone, and then use the timeline view to visually track progress and manage tasks. Finally, you can generate reports to identify areas for improvement and make adjustments as needed.
How to Track Milestones in Jira with ActivityTimeline?
ActivityTimeline makes it easy to create and track Jira milestones. With its intuitive interface, you can quickly set up your milestones and start tracking progress.
Here’s how to get started:
Create a project
First, you’ll need a new project in Jira. For every Milestone, you will need to choose a Project (if you have several).
Select a day to set a Milestone
You can then create your milestones by clicking on a selected day where the milestones need to be created.
Once you’ve your project, you can start creating milestones. You can do this by clicking the “Milestones” icon in the top right corner of the dashboard. Then Milestones Panel will show up.
You can give the Milestone a name and select a Project that belongs to this Milestone. You can drag the already created Milestone to different dates, and edit or delete it if needed.
Select one in five different types of Milestones
From here, you can select five different custom milestone types: general milestone task, event, release, delivery, and deadline. Or you can create your own Milestone type in Administration.
Start Tracking Milestones
Once you’ve created a milestone, you can start tracking progress. To do this, you can use ActivityTimeline’s timeline view, which provides an easy-to-understand visual representation of progress. You can use ActivityTimeline’s “Reports” view to generate reports on the progress of your project. This is a great way to visualize your project’s progress, see the critical path in your milestone achievements and identify areas for improvement.
How to Use Milestones in Practice?
Here are two cases of Jira Milestones examples:
Example 1: Setting Milestones for a Software Development Project For a software development project, a project manager may want to set milestones for key deliverables, such as:
- Prototyping (estimated completion date: 1 week)
- Beta version (estimated completion date: 2 weeks)
- The final version (estimated completion date: 6 weeks)
Using ActivityTimeline, the project manager can easily create and track these milestones. They can also use the timeline view to track progress and the “Kanban” view to manage tasks. Finally, they can generate reports to visualize progress and identify areas for improvement.
Example 2: Setting Milestones for a Website Development Project For a website development project, a project manager may want to set milestones for key deliverables, such as:
- Design (estimated completion date: 2 weeks)
- Development (estimated completion date: 4 weeks)
- Testing and QA (estimated completion date: 1 week)
- Launch (estimated completion date: 2 weeks)
ActivityTimeline makes it easy to create and track Jira milestones. With its intuitive interface and powerful reporting capabilities, it’s an essential tool for any project manager. So if you’re looking for a more efficient way to manage milestones, give ActivityTimeline a try.