By Frank Wickham on May 11, 2011
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".
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.