Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (Book Review)

Checklists are at once so simple and utilitarian that it's hard to conceive of them as aids in the resolution of complex procedures and problems.

Yet help they do, as author Atul Gawande contends, in complex and wide-ranging procedures, like flying a plane, performing surgery, and assessing an investment. There's more research to be done to show the utility and versatility of checklists, and to demonstrate what they can and can't do, but with this readable and accessible book, Gawande begins the discovery.

For my part, this book intuitively felt right. I use checklists regularly, and I am a fan of simple project tracking software, like Basecamp, that orients toward simple tasks and checklists.

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