In modern times, we have learned so much about fields that it is difficult, if not impossible for a single person to have sufficient simultaneous depth and breadth across a conventional field. As such, we must further subdivide to allow more specific specializations. Checklists are a proven, successful way to coordinate between these various subfields.
Inspiration for Checklists
Checklists are used in aviation and construction – two fields where immense detail and coordination is required.
Using Checklists to Battle Complexity
Two checklists are used in construction: One for a list of necessary steps to be completed, and another for important communication/sync-ups to occur. This allows us to leverage individual skill sets.
Checklists should be short (<1 or 2 minutes to complete), with as few items as possible. There are two types: read-do, and do-verify.
People work better in teams when there is no power dynamic. Power dynamics are greatly diminished when everyone knows everyone else’s names.
Hospitals can greatly improve their efficiency and survival/treatment rates by implementing suggested checklists, although there is a strong aversion to them in general.