Institutional memory? How shall we record decisions?

From: Edmund R. Kennedy <ekennedyx_at_yahoo_dot_com>
Date: Tue May 11 2004 - 14:21:39 CDT

Hello All:

      As I listen to much of the sound and fury of these discussions
what bothers me is that when conclusions are made or decisions made
that there is no simple central record of decisions. The FAQ is
helpful but is of necessity limited. I'm not sure if the principals
to this discussion are aware of how difficult it has become to search
the mail archives especially for someone new to the project. It is
alarming to me when someone says something to the effect of, "Oh yes,
we've already decided on 17" monitors." My question becomes, "Oh
really? When and where was this decision made and how was I supposed
to know?" I'm not being particularly defensive, just honest. I
suspect I'm not the only person who sometimes feels this way. I'm
also sensitive to not wanting to reinvent the wheel or to take up
people's time with subjects already well discussed (bar codes

      I propose a living document such as a regular email in which
someone records the decisions, sense or consensus of the group to the
best of their understanding and that would be added to each time a
decision is made. Such document obviously would need to be subject
to frequent review and revisions as part of the ongoing debate. As a
starter, Someone will have to dive into the archives and try to sum
up the data into this ongoing record. Also, this would tend to
provide better guidance to whomever is contracted to provide the Mark
1, EVM. I am aware that a 'scribe' or organizational/corporate
secretary has quite a power to shape the final product and the
ongoing debate. Do we have a serving secretary of the board he might
be inclined to take up this task?

Thanks, Ed Kennedy

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