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Checklists

Handling Complexities with the Simplest Solution of Checklists

Checklists
Agile Checklist:  "Checklists reduce my flexibility, creativity, spontaneity; or they are too bureaucratic."  The argument can be refuted by recognizing that any tool can be misused.  Rigidly enforced, top-down, heavy-handed, compliance-oriented, slavishly-followed checklists will indeed create problems; but highly customizable checklists developed by professionals and teams of professionals doing the work, supported by appropriate tool, and used by those empowered professionals can be very helpful.  These kinds of smart checklists will take the drudgery and errors out of complex work, and thus, freeing up time for creative work.     Wikipedia: "A checklist is a type of informational job aid used to reduce failure by compensating for potential limits of human memory and attention. It helps to ensure consistency and completeness in carrying out a task. A basic example is the "to do list." Examples of more advanced checklists would be a schedule or KanBan which lays out tasks to be done according to time of day or other factors." Examples: Dr. Atul Gawande's TED Talk; How do we heal medicine?  and How the Pilot's Checklist Came About

 

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