Re: Taking Minutes at Meetings

Subject: Re: Taking Minutes at Meetings
From: "Elna Tymes" <etymes -at- lts -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 11:01:31 -0800

Anne T. Wall wrote:

> >>We've just be instructed by management that we are to take minutes at the
> meetings at the meetings we attend. These meetings generally discuss
> business requirements and outstanding issues for the projects we work
> on. The meetings also cover items that do not go into the documentation we
> develop and frequently include task updates and assignments.>>

First off, there was an extensive thread on this very subject on this list within the
last year. I'm sure you'd be able to find it quickly if you searched the archives.

Second, beyond the power assumptions ("them as take minutes don't have any
decision-making abilities"), others in this iteration have pointed out that there are
some genuine advantages to taking the 'official' notes for meetings, in that what you
say in the minutes tends to color subsequent decisions. This is especially true
where there were work assignments and expectations discussed in the meeting.

I suggest you swallow your pride and take minutes, and thus be one of the
better-prepared writers on the block.

Elna Tymes
Los Trancos Systems


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