Adam Keys reminds us of the effectiveness of the humble checklist.
Checklists are great because they are an easy way to get my brain thinking about the details. They force me to think about all the things that need to happen. They force me to think in time and sequence: this needs to happen before that and this other thing will take a while so that’s probably another checklist. Checklists force me to think about dependencies and who is going to do what part of a project. For example: Bob has access to all the welding tools, so he needs to do all the metalwork which means Alice and Chris are stuck with all the woodwork and painting.
— The unreasonable effectiveness of checklists
I love a good checklist, especially when I'm going through a process that I'm not familiar with. You have the steps to go through, and if the checklist is well written, each step validates the previous step. If something goes wrong, it has to be in the previous step or two.
Monday January 11, 2021