Ryan Seamons | Reading time: 3 minutes
Slack is good for having conversations, but not for remembering decisions. Unfortunately, chat apps like slack make it feel like you've documented something when it's just lost in the stream.
Writing things down brings clarity. Being able to reference them again in the future is a superpower.
Note: This is one reason I personally love using RoamResearch. I can write things down without worrying in the moment how I'm going to find them later. Using Roam was the first time I didn't have to think about where to do something and I could focus completely on that thing.
The best teams are deliberate about decision making. They are aware when decisions are made and then know how to understand and take action on decisions.
One way to increase your team's ability to make decisions is to use a decision journal.
A decision journal is a shared document where you keep track of decisions your team makes + data about those decisions.
The journal exists to help to groups:
I've seen (and sadly presided over) many times when a decision was loosely agreed to, but then later it becomes obvious everyone had different ideas of what was actually decided. Writing something down for everyone to see as a commitment will take care of 95% of the "Oh, I didn't realize that's what we meant" issues.
"What did we decide?" is an obvious one. Here are other prompts to consider:
The ability to recognize decisions and learn how to make better decisions is an important one. Being able to do this well on a team is a rare skill. Let's make better decisions (and then keep track of them).
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