Here is my weekly post on what I have been reading or listening to.
Book am I reading (Non Fiction)
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande.
This book has been on my reading list for a while. A project I am on at the moment brought it to the fore again. How often do we over engineer a solution?
I have referred to checklists often in the last few years. I have used them effectively in the past. Particularly with repetitive tasks.
Why would you want to figure out a set of steps again if you have done once before? Unnecessary effort, and you might miss a step.
The checklist also aids learning. Remembering what worked before and what didn’t. It helps make sure the same mistakes don’t happen again.
Checklists come in many different guises, from a task list, to standard operating procedures, to run books, and sometimes as far as a project plan.
More to come on this book .
Favourite Highlight from the week?
“Four generations after the first aviation checklists went into use, a lesson is emerging: checklists seem able to defend anyone, even the experienced, against failure in many more tasks than we realized. They provide a kind of cognitive net. They catch mental flaws inherent in all of us—flaws of memory and attention and thoroughness. And because they do, they raise wide, unexpected possibilities.”
Podcasts I Heard
“Why do you work? Are you just in it for the money or do you do it for a greater purpose? Popular wisdom says your answer depends on what your job is. But psychologist Amy Wrzesniewski at Yale University finds it may have more to do with how we think about our work. Across groups such as secretaries and custodians and computer programmers, Wrzesniewski finds people about equally split in whether they say they have a “job,” a “career” or a “calling.” This week on Hidden Brain, Shankar Vedantam talks with Wrzesniewski about how we find meaning and purpose at work.”