5 Checklists

Checklists are one of the most important methods of managing risk. Checklists provide prompts ensuring actions are carried out at appropriate times. A couple of excellent resources provided by NASA on checklist design are here and here

Briefly, a well designed checklist:

  • Incorporates the actions required
  • Is not too long
  • Flows in a logical way
  • Groups systems and locations if possible
  • Has critical items towards the top
  • Has a completion call

It is important to note that checklists are vulnerable to production pressures.