Milestones and Accountabilities Chart A Tool to Ensure that Plans Are Actually Executed as Intended
Milestones and Accountabilities Chart: Don’t be fooled by the simplistic appearance of this too. Setting plans is not enough. It may even be straightforward to set the milestones to be achieved, but who is responsible for ensuring that the deadlines for projects are met?
So often you will be surprised when things don’t happen as you imagined or when they were supposed to. Often you’ll hear comments like, “but Jane never…” Therefore when setting time lines make sure that clear milestones are set and understood by all to whom the action is important. Above all do not leave any doubt about who is responsible for making something happen.
Many tasks have more than one person responsible for them, either the whole or its parts. You will be amazed when you write these things down, how one or more aspect is open to doubt. If you put a milestones and accountabilities chart in front of a manager, she might not have realized that she had a responsibility to ensure than something actually happened. She might have assumed that another department or one of her subordinates carried ‘the can’.
If several managers are in possession of a milestones and accountabilities chart for the same plan, there will be a collective will to see that then plan is carried out.