Notes, not minutes. Meeting minutes are a “written record” of everything that happened during the meeting, while notes are a summary of the key meeting outcomes. We recommend the use of notes with the more detailed documents attached to the notes or posted on the team’s site.

In general, the purpose of meeting notes is to capture the highlights of the meeting, such as the major decisions and action items. Essentially, it is the highlights that the members and key stakeholders are most interested in seeing after the meeting.

The Essence

1. Date, time and location of the meeting

2. Names of members who attended (some teams also report the names of members who did not attend)

3. List of decisions and other ...

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