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Milestone from classical project management based on the completion of user stories Edited

Dear community

In our product management via Jira, we want to incorporate/connect the progress of user stories with the traditional project management milestone. The main aim behind, is to show the management what is the progress of work for this milestone. 

Let me give you an example.

Lets say that you build a solution and the solution has the following milestones:

  • The hardware is ready to be installed
  • API is ready to be integrated
  • The data model is established
  • User interface is ready
  • Role management for different users are established

The Product team works with 4-5 epics => User stories => subtasks

Let's say when the 3 of 7 user stories in the epic is done, we can say that, the last user story completion means, we reached the milestone. 

We cannot come up with any solution, we were thinking about:

  • Make an epic a milestone, then when epic done, the milestone reached. But apparently you can have more than one milestone in the epic. 
  • We don't know even how to connect the progress of user stories with the milestone.

Yes, you would say that, guys either you do waterfall, or agile, but you cannot mix them. 

I know, but I need to provide transparency to management and show the progress, and they want to see it as milestones. We can do a parallel board and manually maintain it, but for me, it would be waste.

Can you please advise me what to do in this case?



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John Funk Community Leader Apr 28, 2021

Hi Tural - Welcome to the Atlassian Community!

I am not sure that I completely follow what you are trying to do, but what if your workflow for your Epics used statuses that mapped to the Milestones. So as you move the Epic through the workflow, you are actually changing the status to be the met milestone? Just a thought. 

Hi John,

Thank you for replying to my message.

So, you propose that, I build a relationship between Epics and Milestones, and when EPIC is completed, then the milestones also finished?



John Funk Community Leader Apr 29, 2021

Yes, more or less. Each milestone would be considered completed as you moved the Epic to that status in the workflow. 

I work now on automation of this: when you move the user story from "in progress" to "done" then the milestone linked to this would also be done. 


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