What is it?

A checklist is a list of things to be done or items to be obtained. It is a simple way of remembering what to do and then checking that you have done it.

When to use it

Checklists can be used at any point in the Problem Solving Process and are particularly useful for:

  • Preparing lists or materials/equipment/activities required
  • Collecting Data
  • Preparing standard practices and procedures
  • Constructing action plans

What does it achieve?

Rather than having to rely on your memory or the memory of others, a checklist provides a useful way of deciding - and remembering - the what, where, who, when, why and How of things to do.

Examples might be:

  • Providing an inventory of items an engineer needs to keep on his van.
  • Helping you make sure you perform all your tasks.
  • Making sure you know what you have done so you don't backtrack

Key steps

  • Brainstorm items
  • Record on List
  • Who, what, where and when for each item on list
  • Copy checklist to all involved
  • Tick items as they are done