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Make a list, check it twice

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Jagdish Bisawa
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Jagdish Bisawa   7/24/2010 6:20:11 PM
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Making a check list goes a long way, not only in our day-to-day life, but in our professional life, as engineers. The check-list strategy during hardware/software/firmware designing & the check-list prepared for product testing vis-a-vis the product specification go a long way to help us. I have experienced this more that often & when a check-list has not been diligently made by me, I have been at the receiving end of quite some flaks, besides the dissatisfaction felt.

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CamilleK   7/23/2010 6:37:30 AM
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Checklists are for sure a very important part of critical tasks. I only might add that they need to distributed through out the workflow in a timely way. There is little value in going over a 50 page checklist at tape-out which starts with items that should have been done at design start or during intermediate design reviews. If they are incorporated as part of the day to day task, they become second nature. They also need to be qualified with if-then options to guide the decision making otherwise they tend to be skipped with 'not applicable to me' shortcuts sometimes with disastrous effects.

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kdboyce   7/23/2010 12:28:32 AM
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I can vouch for checklists. A flight check list caused me to find a large tool left by a mechanic in the engine compartment of a single engine plane I was going to fly. Who knows what damage it could have caused once I was airborne. Years ago when doing design I used a master engineering DIDJADO list, from which those items appropriate for my project became the project didjado list. However, a list is just as good as the thought that goes into its creation and use.

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Robotics Developer   7/21/2010 10:23:49 PM
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I too have found that checklists can save the day more often than not. A byproduct of good checklists being used was time savings. When was the last time you went on a camping or hiking trip? Thinking about all the things needed the night before may work well but all too often important items are forgotten (sun screen/bug spray). I started using lists for camping, hiking, home renovations, and projects at work; all in the interest on not missing something. It has worked well and saved time, money, aggravation, cost very little time to generate and checkoff. A good and basic tool that everyone should use.

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Duane Benson   7/21/2010 6:14:19 PM
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In a prior article (Build checklists for embedded software projects, 7/9/2008), the author refers to a 1956 study that stated that most people can remember seven items, plus or minus two. I'm not sure how accurately that fits with routine repeated actions, like publishing a software release, but the concept will still apply regardless of what the actual number is. There are just too many details to reliably keep in your head. And, if a particular project has a few steps that vary from the norm, the checklist is even more vital.

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