When you create a new site/application a lot of conceptual or technical decisions are often being made in a short period of time. I think a lot can be gained from actively raising awareness about some of these decisions. The important ones.
I’ve recently been trying out a decision template, well basically a piece of paper where we write down:
- what has been decided (one piece of paper for each decision)
- why if necessary
- when and where
- who was involved in the decision-making. The template includes a checklist with all the project members.
In a workshop the other day we made two Big Decisions. Filling out the form made it very clear what had actually been decided and it made sure that everyone was involved in the decision-making process. And it took about a minute to do.
Hopefully this will help us to keep track of major decisions, facilitate informing absent project members about major decisions, avoid that someone snoozes through an important decision during a long meeting, make it apparent and transparent what words will actually result in an action that might be difficult or time-consuming to reverse.
How do you administrate your Big Decisions?