The World Needs More Checklists


One of the most brilliant cognitive aids devised by some very smart humans is the checklist. Hidden in this deceptively simple format is a type of performance support that has saved lives in the air and on the operating room table. Forward thinking hospitals use checklists to stop the spread of hospital-based infections. Human factors engineers use them to design and develop products. Recruiters use them to evaluate candidates.

Checklists Are a Cognitive Aid

Checklists, as you know, are predefined lists of tasks or behaviors.

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