Checklists – why re-invent the wheel?

by Stuart on 29 October 2010

A question from a delegate at a recent project management course prompted a discussion about checklists.

If you're doing something you've never done before (for example, organising a rally in London) what things do you need to think about? It's so easy to miss something, and then your event turns into a disaster.

We all thought it would be really useful to have some checklists to help avoid disaster, so I volunteered to host a list of lists.

Right now it's empty, but my plan is to ask around for checklists that folk have found useful and make them freely available to everybody. Like the title says, why re-invent the wheel?

And the whole exercise reinforces my view that our sector is amazing – the willingness of people to help others and be open with information.

So, if you've done anything that has been a success and are willing to submit a list please email it to me. Don't worry if it's not pretty – I can sort that sort of thing out. I'll post on the site and give you credit for it.

And in the meantime, I'm putting some of my own together, so keep watching.

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