For the whole of this week I am on a Prince2 project management training course, so over the last few weeks I’ve dutifully been doing the pre course reading. I’ve just finished the first day of the course.
One of the ideas that takes my fancy is the Project Manager’s Daily Log, however I’m struggling to think how I would implement it. Its purpose is described as
“to record required actions or significant events not caught by other PRINCE2 documents. It acts as the Project Manager’s or a Team Manager’s diary.”
My understanding so far is that it is a method of capturing information related to the project, such as conversations with team members, customers etc. However, it also seems to be a reminder of things that need to be done in the future such as reviewing the status of actions that are meant to be completed. In this second aspect it seems to be almost like a tickler file by acting as a trigger to do something.
I think a daily log like this could be very beneficial, but I’m not sure how I should implement it because I can’t see how the above two points fit well together and how would it differ from my task list. Should I have one book for each project I manage, or one covering all projects?
So my questions are; do you keep a daily log? Do you find it useful? what format do you use?
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Edited 10/03/2010: corrected link