The Checklist—An Incredibly Useful Tool—is Born
Back in the mid-1930s when the plane was introduced, its inaugural flight went badly. But the crash that resulted lead to the realization that aircraft had become far more complex. We all-too-fallible humans could no longer rely solely on our memories to ensure completion of all the pre-take-off activities required for safe air travel.
And so, the pre-flight checklist was born. It’s still used today throughout the aircraft industry, by manufacturers, pilots, mechanics, flight attendants—you name it. Checklists also see routine use in many other settings, from hospital operating rooms to software development firms. These handy tools are prevalent across most any industry you can think of.
In our personal lives, too, who doesn’t use a list? Whether to avoid leaving the supermarket without that quart of milk or bag of dog food you went for, to keeping your upcoming appointments straight, checklists are a time-tested tool that continue to help us overburdened humans sort ourselves out.
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