Should You be Using Checklists?

February 23, 2010

Interesting blog concerning the book, The Checklist Manifesto. He makes some interesting points as to how a better use of checklists can improve our performance. Following is a quote from the blog:

“Gawande convincingly makes the case that medicine — in particular surgery — shares many traits with two complex, high-skill endeavors: constructing big buildings and flying airplanes. Yet while people working in construction and aviation depend on following checklists to get things right, doctors and nurses so far have not. Gawande thinks this is a big mistake, and in his book he tells the inspiring tale of how he and a bunch of other medical professionals from around the world designed a new surgery checklist that is already saving lives all over, including in Gawande’s own operating room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

But Gawande also argues for using checklists in other endeavors, from business to investing to law.”

Check out the blog post at The Harvard Business Review blog.

What do you think? Would the use of checklists help in ministry?