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June 25, 2013 3:43 PM   Subscribe


 
I *really* want to print this out on a LaserWriter.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:47 PM on June 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Oh, and I made roughly 500 gabilzillion of similar things in Aldus PageMaker back in my ancient desktop publishing days. I'm having flashbacks to changing out floppy disks to switch font families.
posted by Celsius1414 at 3:50 PM on June 25, 2013


I assume an infinite amount of effort went in to making that.
posted by ckape at 3:51 PM on June 25, 2013 [7 favorites]


Neat!
posted by Sticherbeast at 3:51 PM on June 25, 2013


I have a half-dozen requests pending at work for forms that will look just like that.
posted by headnsouth at 3:55 PM on June 25, 2013


This would be a MetaChecklist? How appropriate.
posted by HuronBob at 4:00 PM on June 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


Soo... Bob... Ah! Yeah. It's just we're putting new coversheets on all the TPS reports before they go out now. So if you could go ahead and try to remember to do that from now on, that'd be great. All right!
posted by jenkinsEar at 4:01 PM on June 25, 2013 [3 favorites]


I need bullet point bullet points. Bullet points are harder than checklists.
posted by Ad hominem at 4:04 PM on June 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


I love this, and just sent it to our management staff.
posted by odinsdream at 4:06 PM on June 25, 2013


This represents the absolute pinnacle in a career for someone in process management.
posted by not_the_water at 4:18 PM on June 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


I think it's satire, but I am not sure.
posted by cjorgensen at 4:24 PM on June 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


The first place I saw this specific checklist was on the website for The Checklist Manifesto. Scroll down the page a bit for this checklist and a few others. I highly recommend the book, and have used this checklist when I've developed my own checklists for both work and home.

Having a checklist to follow to make sure that all the steps to a particular workflow are complete has been a lifesaver for me on several occasions, especially when I'm working on several different projects for several different departments and they all have slightly different outputs.
posted by ralan at 4:29 PM on June 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


I think it's not satire, but I am not sure.
posted by echo target at 4:50 PM on June 25, 2013 [5 favorites]


this is great stuff. As someone who does instructional design, process improvement, and makes a lot of checklists for myself, I find this item to test the bounds of Poe's Law.
posted by rebent at 5:11 PM on June 25, 2013


You can take my serifs when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.
posted by foobaz at 5:14 PM on June 25, 2013 [4 favorites]


You can take my serifs when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

And feet.
posted by namasaya at 6:56 PM on June 25, 2013 [11 favorites]


I don't think this is satire at all, simply because it's consistent with the tone of the rest of the site. I really think this is a checklist for the development of other (in this case medical) checklists - and a damn good one at that in my opinion.
posted by deadmessenger at 7:19 PM on June 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


If it were satire, the checklist item recommendations would be violated within the checklist itself.
posted by Bugbread at 7:35 PM on June 25, 2013


CHECK ONE:

Satire
Not Satire
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 1:07 AM on June 26, 2013


Not satire. Checklists in medicine.
posted by alasdair at 3:10 AM on June 26, 2013


I've been sans serif my whole life & haven't missed it. Though I'm in a hybrid typeface family, we make it work.

It's either so satirical it's serious or so seditious it's satirical. Either way, hauntingly familiar and surprisingly short.

No space for sign offs, nor rev number ...
posted by tilde at 5:15 AM on June 26, 2013


I suspect that Twilight Sparkle is already using one of these, or rather, something more elaborate.
posted by bouvin at 5:15 AM on June 26, 2013


or so serious it's satirical

My phone has no checklist.
posted by tilde at 5:29 AM on June 26, 2013


Not satire at all. It actually makes perfect sense. Checklists are a really important tool in some contexts (e.g. medicine, where it's been shown that good checklists can save both a lot of lives and a lot of money), and this is basically all about making sure that you're not trying to make a checklist do something it's not meant to do.

So, yeah, make fun of it if you want -- but it's solid.
posted by lodurr at 7:11 AM on June 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


Since checklists are such a great system, why wouldn't they be used to create more checklists? It's the same idea as dogfooding*.

* At work, I use the term ice creaming instead, but I use that term ironically because I'm such a hip and cool guy.
posted by cyberscythe at 7:21 AM on June 26, 2013


☐ Are your boldface headings highlighted with a weird shadowing effect so as to appear out-of-focus?
posted by straight at 10:26 AM on June 26, 2013


What happens if you put X's instead of checks in the boxes?
posted by ChuckRamone at 1:23 PM on June 26, 2013


What happens if you put X's instead of checks in the boxes?

End of Western Civilization.
posted by Celsius1414 at 2:59 PM on June 26, 2013 [1 favorite]


> Checklists are a really important tool in some contexts (e.g. medicine, where it's been shown that good checklists can save both a lot of lives and a lot of money)

Atul Gawande's original New Yorker article on checklists in medicine

He went on to write a book, The Checklist Manifesto

My favorite story from the article is about the Boeing B-17 prototype crashing due to pilot error, then a checklist being introduced by the Army Air Corps and it going on to be a successful plane. It had “four engines, a retractable landing gear, new wing flaps, electric trim tabs” and was deemed “‘too much airplane for one man to fly.’”
posted by morganw at 9:51 PM on June 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


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