Project Management

Action Items

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Contents
1 Keeping a list
2 Incorporating the action item into the plan
3 Examples

An action Item is work that is a follow-on activity, usually to a meeting. It is often an action arising out of the conversation, but not core to accomplishing meeting objectives. A project manager will formally schedule an action item to ensure the necessary activity is noted and assigned, but scheduled to be completed later so as not to derail the meeting.

An action item must have a person responsible for its completion and a due date.

Keeping a list

An action item can be maintained on a separate "action item log", which is reviewed by the project manager and at the next meeting (if it was assigned during a regular meeting). This often happens when the activity is only tangentially related or unrelated to the project.

Incorporating the action item into the plan

An action item can also be absorbed into the project plan and treated like any other task. This often happens when it involves a specific deliverable important to the project.

Examples

Examples of action items:

  • scheduling a separate meeting
  • forwarding information to a third party
  • providing an estimate
  • researching a particular topic


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