How to use ABC Checklists

Are you tired of e-mailing Excel files no-one responds to? You are not alone. Many people working with ABC Analyzer experience that their work does not have the desired impact, as they have no proper distribution channel & no way to follow-up.

At ABC, we have developed ABC Checklists to help you address this challenge! It is an easy way to share reports and click reports directly from ABC Analyzer.

Why is this smarter than ordinary spreadsheets?

(Because you can see if people take action)

ABC Checklists allow you to keep track of progress, and monitor when/if people start working on the lists you send them. (Read how Carl Ras, Damstahl and Sanistål uses ABC Checklists). The online dashboard displays all the checklists you’ve sent to colleagues. Here, you can keep track of the progress.

  • A blue checklist is a list no one has started working on.
  • When the bar turns green/yellow/red, you know that they are working on it!
  • A green checklist is a list that your colleagues have marked as “completed”.

What does a checklist look like?

A checklist is very similar to a neat spreadsheet. The biggest difference is that it’s online and you move products from one category (TO DO) to another (Done) to show you’re working on it.

3 tips for effective work flows

As an Analyzer user, you can send ABC Checklists to everybody, but remember: A checklist is only a list – not the entire solution.

  1. One list – one task to solve: Have you ever received a long list of products with no obvious call-to-action? Of course you have. When creating checklists, remember to define the task at hand: What will you like your colleagues to do?
  2. Make it easy to solve the task: Create short checklists with clear objectives, e.g.: Can we discard these products? (Possible responses: Yes, no or wait!)
  3. Time is not unlimited: Your colleagues are busy. Make sure you communicate the importance of the checklists to allow them to prioritize all their tasks accordingly.