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Review of "Checklist Manifesto" by Atul Gawande

My review of the book "Checklist Manifesto:  How to Get Things Right" by Atul Gawande appeared in this Month's Colorado Lawyer (here's the link, must be a member to read the review).  It's not surprising that lawyers have been slow to adopt checklists--we tend to think that such a simple tool can't possibly help in something as complex as a lawsuit.  That's the brilliance of Gawande's book:  he shows how checklists have gradually been adopted, and have made a stunning and quantifiable difference, in other highly-complex fields as diverse as surgery, piloting aircraft, and constructing large engineering projects.  It's time for lawyers to realize the potential of checklists.  This is something I'm working to promote with my Litigation Checklist Project, which is also an attempt to capture and index best practices as a form of open-source legal knowledge management.

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