Steps to constructing a great checklist.

  1. Constrain the Length – keep it to between five and nine items, completable in 90 seconds.
  2. Use Appropriate Language – simple, clear and exact.
  3. Define a Clear Pause Point – define when should the checklist be used and by whom.
  4. Apply Visual Design Standards – it must be easily read and understood.
  5. Test and Revise – keep testing until the checklist works consistently.

Use these steps to create simple, well-crafted checklists that proactively eliminate mistakes.