Wednesday May 11, 2011

Effective Management of Next Steps (Code for Action Items)

At the end of a business meeting, architecture review, or technical presentation there are typically some next steps or action items that need to be delivered on.  Here are a few tips to assist in making sure the next steps get the proper followup in a timely manor.  There are a few key pieces of information that need to recorded and tracked in order to get positive results.  The group should agree to them before the conclusion of the specific event.  They may be used as a starting point at the next meeting or specific event with this same group.  Here they are:

  • Summarized description of the action item
  • Outline why it is important.
  • Define the owner(s)
  • Set a priority
  • Provide a time line for completion

I have provided a template in MS Excel and Powerpoint to assist in collecting and communicating the "next steps".  Here are few links to help you get started to better collect the "must have" information related to "next steps" or "action items".

ProjectConnections

TechRepublic

Bright Hub

This may be an odd starting point on a discussion about enterprise architecture but it was an issue on several recent projects.   So that's what is on my mind this Monday morning.




Be Secure!

--Frank

Hardware Software Engineered to Work Together



Monday May 09, 2011

Welcome to http://blogs.oracle.com

Hello:

I have just been migrated to Oracle's new blogging environment and now it's time to make some changes.   I have moved my blogs that have a "personal"  element off to another site.  I need to select a new theme and should review some of my past entries to make sure they are up to date.

 I am looking forward to blogging on the new platform as new developments and thoughts come to light.  If you have comments please send them to me.



Be Secure!

--Frank

Hardware Software Engineered to Work Together



About

Frank Wickham is a Technology Specialist for Engineered Systems, Security, and Infrastructure Architecture with Oracle's Public Sector Organization. He can be reached at frank.wickham@oracle.com.

Search

Archives
« May 2011 »
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
    
       
Today