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When to have a hold point?

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I know that a hold point is that point in the project where the work should be halted in order to do some inspection, and once the inspection is done, the work can be resumed. I just don't know how to choose a hold point in the project schedule. Can someone explain to me how do to this?

Another question, doesn't anyone else think that hold points are another name for gate reviews?
asked 6 years ago by anonymous

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A gate or gate review is used to inspect some portion of the work up to that point (often know as a stage or phase) for completeness and/or quality to determine if work should iterate or move forward.  This is part of a larger methodology first used by NASA known as a phased review process.

At each gate, a decision can be made to go forward, cancel the project, iterate, or hold (wait for more information, another project activity to complete, etc.).

The term "stage-gate" is a registered trademark of the Product Development Institute.

Outside of this methodology, simply holding up a project sounds inefficient if it happens spontaneously.  Any hold points should be planned in (e.g. we need to wait for the paint to dry before we hang the pictures) and are most likely represented as lead or lag time in the project plan.
answered 6 years ago by sdcapmp (45,840 points)

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