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Facilitating and making decisions is an everyday chore for a project manager. Maintaining a decision log or register allows to a project manager to keep a trail of what decisions were made and who made the decisions. Decision Log  Excel Template is easy and simple to use.

Decision Log Template Excel
Decision Log Template

Reasons to Maintain a Decision Log Excel Template

  1. Accountability - people forget what they say so it is important to document the decisions and make people accountable.
  2. Trail - the decision log captures all the information required for anyone to understand at a later point in time why a certain decision was made, who made it and who approved it.
  3. Governance - The decision log enforces that every decision be approved. Getting approval means that the decision made could be challenged or validated. Also, all the information regarding thee decisions made will be stored in a single location.
  4. Transparency - The decision log or register is general document which should be accessible to everyone. Everyone in the project team can look at how the decision was made and who made it.
  5. Informed decision making - Last and the most important any decision maker needs to know what are the impacts of their decisions on the project. The decision register gives all the information - details, impacts, who requested it and when and possible actions.

Few Tips when Maintaining a Decision Log Excel Template

  • Always try your level best to capture all the fields in the decision log. 
  • For the decision log to be effective the most important factor is that everyone in the team should be aware of the current decision log. If the team is not aware then the maintaining a decision log is of no use.
  • Use every opportunity to review the decision log with the project team, sponsors, senior management, stakeholders and business SMEs. 
  • Include review of any changes to decision log into weekly project status reports, monthly project status reports, project team meetings and technical decisions.
  • Not every decision needs to be included into the decision log. A project manager will need to make decision as to what goes onto the decision log. Generally anything that affects cost, schedule or scope has to be on the decision log.
  • There is a config tab where you can define decision statuses and approves list. You can add up to 10 for both. To add more than 10 statues or approver you will have to change the data validation.

Using the Decision Log

The Decision Log  Excel Template is simple use. When a request is made for a decision the Project Manager should capture the details, impact proposed by and proposed date. The project manager then needs to determine if the decision needs to go on the log. If yes then who will approve it. The project manager can then table the decision to the required person or team by sending the details to that person.

The decision log excel template has the following fields - 
  • SL No - A incremental counter for the decisions.
  • Decision Details - Details regarding what decision needs to be made.
  • Impact - Impact of the decision. Briefly explain what will the impact of the decision on the project,
  • Proposed on and Proposed By - The person or team who suggested that this decision be made.
  • Status - Approved, Pending, Declined. Abandoned can be used when the decision is not required any more.
  • Approved by and Date - The person or entity who approved the decision. By default I have set Project Manager, Manager and Project Control.
  • Resulting Action/Comments - Any decision taken will have a resulting action. This column should have the details about the action item. It can refer to the action log.



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Swapnil Wale

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Swapnil Wale is an IT Professional based in Sydney, Australia with over 10 years of experience in technology and project management. He is a passionate blogger and focuses on project management and BRMS articles.

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