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What is a Deliverable in Project Management?

A deliverable is an element of output within the scope of a project. There can be one or several deliverables within a single project. Deliverables can be items that are supposed to be sent externally to a customer or just to an internal manager. Either way, it usually means that the individual is expecting the deliverable on a certain date. When a deliverable is sent, that means a big deadline or milestone has been met. Often, deliverables are dependent on another deliverable being completed first. This is common when managing a project with a multiple milestones, such as events. So what is a deliverable in project management? Simply put, it's a tangible action item within a project.

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