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Here is a one step agenda template that has stood the test of time.  It's short, sweet, to the point and gives all the information you need so you know who to go to get the rest of the information you need:

 

Rickover Style Agenda/Minutes

Admiral Hyman Rickover was famous for running tight meetings. He developed a wonderfully concise format that served as both agenda and minutes. At the beginning of the meeting topics were listed byname with a starting time. By the end of the meeting, the decision on each one had been recorded - Yes, No or Hold - responsibility assigned to a particular person and a deadline established.

Rickover would scrawl a big ‘R’ at the bottom, cross out the word ‘Agenda’ and write in ‘Minutes’ and order copies distributed immediately to those with a need to know.

 

Agenda/Minutes Rickover Style

Time

Item

Description

Decision

Responsibility

Deadline

 

 

 

 

 

10:00

A

Yes

BJ

9/15

10:20

B

No

--

 

10:35

C

Hold

--

 

10:45

D

No

--

 

10:55

E

Yes

CB

10/1

11:00

Adjourn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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