Some believe project logs are no longer useful for Agile projects. Nothing would be further from the truth.
But what is a project log?
A project log is a tool to record any important information about a project, as they occur, typically with a date. The right level of detail is critical, and you should decide it based on the type of project, duration, etc. Make sure it allows for audits, governance and proper monitoring of the project.
What is in a RAID log?
You can record anything you want in a project log. However, there is a very well known method called RAID.
Typically, it consists of four different logs and together they form the RAID log.
Each log record a different kind of event.
Why should you use a RAID log?
Format the information for each entry in each log with the following in mind:
If you are not using a project log or a RAID log for your projects, you are ignoring a very powerful way to track and manage any project. The simplicity of the method is very deceptive. First because it relies on you to select what to put in the log. Second because it yields a lot more benefits than its simplicity would suggest.
How to use RAID project logs in SAM9000?
In SAM9000 Kanban and Files, every project has a log panel. When you select a project, click on the left menu "Logs" to activate it.
All four RAID types are supported, but unlike when you are using a spreadsheet, all types are combined in a single "project log". This makes it possible to see in chronological order everything that happened with the project.
SAM9000 also includes other types of log entries. You can select "Scrum Review" for example. With this entry type you record everything important discussed during the latest scrum review. They are other types as well.
Some important types like "Risk" will appear in a different color in the log entry list, so you can immediately identify them.
Also, RAID is also used in project emails. You can tag them with one of the four RAID types. Similar to the project log, the list of emails will show a little label with the RAID type of the email (if you selected one).
Anyone in the team, product owner, scrum master, team member can add entries to any project log.