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I’ve just had the chance to read an article published in an Italian magazine (L’Espresso). The subject is how Prof.Atul Gawande approaches surgery with, among others, two practices that reminded me of Lean / Scrum / Agile:

  1. Check lists (automated work): a set of (sometimes) easy checks every doctor should do precisely and continuously before and after every surgery
  2. Stand up meetings: a briefing before any surgery where each doctor, in the operating room, has to declare what he did before the surgery, what he is going to do during the surgery, possible problems, …

These simple checks, according to Prof.Gawande’s studies, can dramatically decrease (by half) the number of deaths and problems.

Sounds familiar to an Agilist, doesn’t it?