Checklists… not just for weekend chores.

I wanted to pass on a book that I’ll be wrapping up shortly.  I’m getting some good ideas that may support creating repeatable processes to around delivering complex software projects.  Here is part of the introduction as a teaser…

Here, then, is our situation at the start of the twenty-first century: We have accumulated stupendous know-how. We have put it in the hands of some of the most highly trained, highly skilled, and hardworking people in our society. And, with it, they have indeed accomplished extraordinary things. Nonetheless, that know-how is often unmanageable. Avoidable failures are common and persistent, not to mention demoralizing and frustrating, across many fields—from medicine to finance, business to government. And the reason is increasingly evident: the volume and complexity of what we know has exceeded our individual ability to deliver its benefits correctly, safely, or reliably. Knowledge has both saved us and burdened us.

That means we need a different strategy for overcoming failure, one that builds on experience and takes advantage of the knowledge people have but somehow also makes up for our inevitable human inadequacies. And there is such a strategy—though it will seem almost ridiculous in its simplicity, maybe even crazy to those of us who have spent years carefully developing ever more advanced skills and technologies.

It is a checklist.

From the The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right (Kindle Edition)

by Atul Gawande (Author)

Great to be reminded not to overlook the simple solutions even for managing complex work!