It is week 2 of our re-read of The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along). Chapter 1 builds the case that the world we live in and the work that we do is very complex.  Complexity creates the possibility for errors, and checklists are a tool to help avoid error in complicated and complex environments. (more…)

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Turn the Ship Around

Today we complete our re-read of Turn the Ship Around! with a few final thoughts.  Next week we will begin The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (use the link and buy a copy so you can read along).

As I have noted before, I was introduced originally to David Marquet’s remarkable book by Bill Fox (Bill’s website is Container 13) who suggested that I read the book and interview Captain Marquet for the Software Process and Measurement Cast. I did both.  If I remember correctly I read the book in over a weekend traveling between DC and Cleveland. The interview followed (SPaMCAST 202).  Over the years I have read the book’s workbook, a set of flashcards and generated numerous bookmarks for the Leadership Nudge (video).  This is the long around saying that I have been heavily influenced by Marquet’s work; an influence that is still growing.    (more…)

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The poll for the next book in the re-read series will run for one more weekend!  The Checklist Manifesto is in first place, but Marcus Hammarberg’s Salvation:The Bungu Story (agile in the real world) is a close second place!


This week we are all ahead full in our re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around!  We dive into chapters 24 and 25, which are titled: A Dangerous Passage and Looking Ahead.   (more…)

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The poll to select the next book continues.

This week we are full ahead in our re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! We continue the story of the USSN Santa Fe with Chapters 22 and 23.  These two chapters focus on how an organization’s legacy can be used to shape deliberate actions and why principles have to be tied to behavior and decisions to be useful.


Chapter 22: A Remembrance of War

The focusing question that starts this chapter is, “Do you have a rich organizational legacy?”  All organizations have a legacy. That legacy shapes its mission and its culture. Recognizing your organization’s legacy is a crucial step in addressing behavior and change.   (more…)

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This week we tackle chapter 20 of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! (have you bought your copy?). Chapter 20 completes part 3 which has focused on competence and the run-up to the deployment of the Santa Fe. The title of this chapter is Final Preparations.  We have six or seven weeks left  – Steven Adams is pushing for re-reading Release It, the other option is The Checklist Manifesto.  Both are great . . . thoughts? (more…)

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In week ten of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we add two more mechanisms for control and complete part two the book. This week the two chapters are A New Ship and We Have A Problem. (more…)

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In week nine of the re-read of L. David Marquet’s Turn the Ship Around! we continue to sail through the heart of Marquet’s leadership model.  This week the two chapters are Up Scope! and Who’s Responsible? (more…)