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Recap: The Checklist Manifesto

Last night I finish reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. I remember hearing about the book when it first came out but have only just now got around to reading it. The book is about 75% explanation about how awsome checklists are in various fields such as aviation, medicin & finance, and about 25% how to write a good checklist.

I was most interested in the 25% good checklist part. This is my immediate summary for future reference.

Checklists should be short, around 5 to 9 items but this is not a strict rule. It should include items easy to forget or overlook but have a high impact. Don't overload it with things everyone will do anyway. It may be better to split them up and have 3 different lists at different times. A good checklist will encourage discussion between team members.

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