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The Ultimate Guide to RAID Log
by Kim Essendrup

This book will introduce you to RAID logs and help you learn how to use them so your projects can immediately benefit.

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Below are the typical columns in the Decisions log of a RAID log. 

Column Description
ID Unique ID for tracking and reference
Decision to be made Short title using cause and effect format: “Need to decide on X so that Y, otherwize Z.”
State Lifecycle state of the Decision. This will vary depending on your processes, but at minimum: 

  • Raised
  • Pending Decision
  • Agreed
Status Status (red/amber/green) of the RAID item, denoting whether it is on-track, at-risk or off-track.
Decision Needed by Date decision needed in order to avoid impacts
Decision Maker(s) Person or group responsible for making the decision
Impact  Description of the impact of the decision, including the impacts of NOT making a decision by the “needed by” date. Be sure to clarify if decision impacts are limited to the project or extend to other business areas
Impacted Stakeholders (to be informed) Those impacted by the decision and how they are impacted. This is the list of stakeholders who must be informed about the result of the decision
Owner Person responsible for following up with the Deciding parties to get the decision made
Decision Date Date the decision was made and documented
Decision Made Description of the decision that was made
Justification Details about why the choice was selected in the decision. This is not strictly necessary but adds a lot of valuable insight into key project decisions and rationale


Optional Extended Columns

Column Description
Decision Actions List of the actions required to implement the results of the decision
Decision Options List of the options available for the decision, and the benefits & drawback for each. This is difficult to track in a spreadsheet, but is worth documenting for key decisions. 
Category Where there are a large number of decisions to track across a large number of stakeholders, it can be useful to categorize the decisions
Decision Impacts Describe any follow-on impacts of the decision. Some decisions can have negative impacts and may even result in your logging new risks or issues. 
Decision requested by Origination point for the decision request. This can be a person, a team, or an event like a meeting or workshop
Internal Only (team only) Flag Flag indicating if this RAID item should be kept internal to your team. 

Instead of a flag, you can create data classification picklist of increasing sensitivity, such as “My-eyes only,” “Internal Team Only,” “Internal Org Only” or “All Stakeholders(default)” to allow for easy filtering  


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