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This information is intended to convey the underlying concepts for Reclamation's decision processes. It is not mandatory.
See the Reclamation Manual for official Reclamation-wide requirements.

Reclamation's Decision Process Guide

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This is useful to streamline both core team discussions and formal meetings.

The parking lot helps keep your process on track by allowing you to keep tabs on ideas and issues while still focusing on the main task at the moment. Using this tool in your meetings can help ensure everything is covered efficiently. The parking lot acknowledges the value of the item by writing it down and ensures that it will be followed up on.

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Set aside or "park" items that are not directly related to the issue at hand or are for follow up at a later time. At each meeting:

  1. Label a flip chart "Parking Lot" and post it in a visible place in the room.
  2. Explain how you'll use the parking lot if there are new participants.
  3. As something comes up that you think is tangential, ask if it's an item for the Parking Lot.
  4. Schedule time to review the Parking Lot near the end of each meeting.

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Please contact Deena Larsen 303-445-2584 with questions or comments on this material.