Is it nuts to make a checklist for your checklists? Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande doesn’t think so, and he’s not alone: his book The Checklist Manifesto has become a New York Times bestseller.
Originally designed for doctors and engineers working with high risk procedures, the checklist-for-a-checklist will ‘aid the checklist creation process and ensure that your checklist helps instead of hurt[s]’. From font-checking (away with that non-standard font!) to full organizational testing, the procedure is useful at all levels of enterprise.
A free PDF copy of the checklist, co-written by Gawande and Boeing’s Dan Boorman, is available at www.projectcheck.org along with further guidance and a forum for checklisting enthusiasts and professionals.