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By SafetyCulture Team   |  
July 27th, 2015

Checklist for a Checklist

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With so many checklists in the world, 54,000 just in our iAuditor public library; it’s hard to know what goes into making a checklist that actually works. Atul Gawande (author of Checklist Manifesto) has dedicated years studying their effectiveness.

Checklist for a checklist

He created…a checklist for a checklist, a logical step by step process to making a checklist.

Gawande outlines three different processes involved, including:

Development:

Are there clear concise objectives?

Is each item a critical step?

Drafting:

Does the checklist have natural breaks in your work flow?

Is it simple and uncluttered?

Gawande points out that colours and fontsĀ could determine whether it is effective or not.

Is the font sans serif?

Does the checklist minimize the use of colour?

Validation:

A rather vital step is, has the checklist been trialled in a real life setting?

Has it had repeated trials?

Does it have follow-up action items?

 

Who knew that much effort went into creating a simple tool? Work smarter, not harder and get creating in iAuditor.

 

 

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