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How Powerful are MSP Checklists, Anyway?

Author: IT Glue‘s Joshua Oakes

How’s your vacation planning coming along?

Checklists are one of the simplest, but most powerful planning tools around. Even major project management tools like SOPs and GANTT charts are just fancy checklists, when you get right down to it. Everybody uses checklists to get things done.

  • Fighter jet pilots use checklists to make sure all systems are go.
  • Major construction projects? So many checklists. Miss a step, even a little one, and something will go wrong later on down the line.
  • Surgical teams use checklists to make sure they take all the tools out of the patient before they sew them back up.

So why should you care? Because you like getting things done, too. The more quickly and accurately you can get things done, the higher your margins will be, the lower your stress levels, the higher the customer service scores, and the lower your customer churn.

IT Glue has now added Checklists to its platform. We did this to help you organize your work. Easier and more nimble than writing our SOPs, checklists allow your team to always perform routine tasks the same way, never skipping a step, and always accountable. Just off the top of your head, you’re probably thinking about a few:

  • Setting up a workstation
  • Setting up a new user
  • Onboarding a new tech
  • Onboarding a new customer
  • Decommissioning a user
  • Offboarding a former customer
  • Conducting a QBR

You’ve probably got a lot more than that.

The more you use checklists, the more time you’ll save by making sure each task is done, in the right order, every single time.

To learn more about using Checklists in IT Glue, why not sign up for a demo of our documentation platform.

Bonus – Find out your documentation maturity level by taking the DML quiz. Start your assessment now and we’ll tell you where you are, and how to get to the next level. Take the assessment here.


Joshua Oakes is a content writer at IT Glue, which develops documentation software for MSPs. Read all IT Glue blogs here.

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    Mike Semel:

    Great article about checklists! When I had my MSP businesses we adopted checklists and it made us better. At first our engineers thought we didn’t respect them, but came to understand the value of consistent quality. Now, as a compliance consultant working with MSP’s, I would add to their value that the checklists themselves, filled out by hand, signed, and scanned into a ticket, are great evidence of HIPAA compliance and other regulatory requirements. To an auditor or data breach investigator, a scanned checklist showing all the steps taken to secure a device can mean a lot if you have an incident. A signed checklist that showed that a laptop’s encryption was turned on when it was deployed may be the evidence needed between reporting an expensive and embarrassing breach or avoiding it. Thanks IT Glue for making this so easy!

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