Term: Punch List

A list of things to check and correct in all proposal sections.

Derived (so I was told) from the tool of the same name used in construction quality control.

What kind of things? Well, the obvious:

  • Spelling (where choices exist)
  • Formats for dates, numbers, measurement units, money
  • Numbering in headings
  • Capitalization
  • Acronym usage
  • Order of reference (e.g. “preventive and corrective maintenance ” and never “corrective and preventive maintenance” – it isn’t that the order matters [usually] it’s just that it reads more professionally if it’s standardized)

The trickier ones are related to facts, not style choices. Check out the Consistency Checklist for things that can, do, and should not vary.

Consistency checklist

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