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I'm trying to build a board of ideas in which any invited participant can pitch in contributions. It should be easy to tell in what level of progress each idea is and that is what I'm naming milestone.

So far I could come up with the following:

1. Problem

What problem are we trying to solve anyway?

2. Idea

The solution. This is the part when everybody suggests a solution to the described problem. Every one of them can be discussed and voted.

3. Planning

Who are the people involved in implementing the chosen solution? When is the deadline? What concrete numbers are we expecting to achieve?

4. Execution

I'm not sure what goes here.

5. Feedback

After a given amount of time, I guess it depends on how big the solution is, we evaluate whether it worked or not. I'm not sure if it's important to invest time in this phase.


Now since I've never put some much thought into the planning for others to see and contribute, I'm not sure what is important and what isn't. So what are the fundamental milestones for an idea?

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I think it would be helpful to take a look at an application lifecycle. It follows a similar process. Execution should include metrics. Are we delivering the solution within the deadline? What problems are foreseeable? What testing needs to be done? Any changes in the solution plan? Feedback could be expanded to maintenance- what measures will need to be taken in order to maintain this idea/solution in place? – Gaʀʀʏ Feb 13 '13 at 2:04

My take on your milestones

  1. Problem Align purpose, ask what is the successful outcome

  2. Brainstorm No such thing as a bad idea I wouldn focus on a chosen solution but be willing to accept all viable options.

  3. Planning- Once your purpose and successful outcomes are determined develop some short term goals to achieve that would realize the successful outcome. Deadlines to meet, concrete numbers measure, evaluate people and resources.

  4. Execution means everyone is assigned a set of tasks to complete.

  5. Review items 3 and 4 as periodically to determine new tasks and assignments

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