Over the weekend I read The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It was recommended to me by a teammate (thanks Heather) . My library had a copy, so I checked it out.
The point of the book is not that checklists and the answer to everything, which is what I was expecting. Rather, developing effective checklists help to identify what’s both critical and routine, where in your process those checks need to be made, and helps disparate or new teams to come together quickly and efficiently.
Using brief, effective checklists at key stages reinforces consistency and quality and allows your brain to focus on what needs creative latitude. It also has a secondary benefit of helping encourage effective communication. The brook provides practical and statistical evidence from surgeons, pilots, and large-scale construction, and it could be applied to IT, Project Management, Security, and more. It’s available in hardcover, paperback, CD, and on Audible.com.