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project management for the things that really matter

Well, what do you know?

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Project management is more than just being about creating the perfect crepe, or a superior bagel buying experience. It’s truly a way to ensure that our actions match our intentions, creating a desired outcome.

Take for example, the physician’s adage, “first do no harm” (primum nil nocere.) This maxim is not directly in the Hippocratic Oath; regardless, it continues to guide us through the modern landscape of care-giving.

The true question is, how to ensure that the key requirement (do no harm) is actually carried out? The medical community is taking a page from project management – and making a checklist.

Over the years, there have been a few studies about this; with recent findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (

A 19 item pre / post surgical checklist developed by the World Health Organization can reduce post procedure death rates in developing countries about 50%. (

What’s fantastic about this entire effort is that the tool is simple, the results are measurable, and at the end of the day, lives are saved.


Written by marahrosenberg

15 January 2009 at 11:32 pm

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  1. I’m sometimes embarrassed to go over such lists with others. It feels like if I know what I’m doing then I shouldn’t need one. But I sure as heck want my surgeon to use a list… maybe s/he’s had a bad day or is thinking about something else… going over checklists is important! Forget developing nations, I want MY surgeon and auto mechanic to use them!


    16 January 2009 at 11:21 pm

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