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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist
We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies‚neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, accl...more
This book argues checklists help us be more effective with complex tasks, by focusing us on what needs to be done and is often overlooked...more
Well, at some point you have to look at them and say, "I may not be finishing that one."
Or, alternatively, you can look at it and say, "Man, fuck this book."
It's not like there was anything terribly wrong with the book or anything. I just...I feel like I got the idea pretty early on.
Humans are to the point where we've uncovered so much knowledge that human minds can't hold all of...more
If my finance* and I did that free-pass for sex with one celebrity thing, I would trade it in for dinner with Atul Gawande.
If there is anything by Atul Gawande available before I get on an airplane, I will always choose it.
The title kind of stinks and probably turns too many people away, which is a shame because it's great!
If you're even remotely considering this book, you've got to read the 1st few chapters about the phenomenal/creepy/awesome medica...more
When I was the credentialing coordinator for a multi-specialty medical clinic, I used checklists all the...more
And then he goes and writes this book. It's really good.
In particular, it is a shamelessly persuasive manifesto for a remarkably simple idea: smart people should focus their smart energy on doing thi...more
Gawande speculates about why many people resist using checklists even though research has proven them effective. One reason interested me especially - that they distribute authority within a team. Thus nurses tend to like them more than surgeons, because a checklist provides a nurse with a more powerful voice, a surgeon with less.
I see this book as part of a movement in human endeavor away from organizational structu...more
In many ways, mine is a simple job. There's little that's comp...more
Filled with riveting examples from medicine, aviation, construction, pubic service, and finance, this book systematically...more
About the Author:
Atul Gawande is a surgeon who both maintains a private practice and consults for the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding w...more
While it is an obvious and rational solution to overcome the inherit ineptitudes of practicing medicine and mastering its complexities, it is a fairly underestimated tool and quite often forgotten.
In his superb narrating skills, he takes you on a journey starting at why we need checklists through how th...more
I found it interesting that perhaps the most impo...more
The author, a surgeon, essentially had just discovered the power of checklists himself and was on a mission to get their usage established a...more
Gawande is a prolific writer, somehow finding the time alongside his surgeries and research to write excellent articles for the New Yorker and three books over the past several years.
Oddly, though, he never even mentions the idea of applying his checklist approach to writing. He does talk about how many professionals feel that their particular speciality isn't amenable to che...more
It is really interesting also how so many people reject...more
I expected this book to be a bit of preaching-to-the-choir, and to some extent it was. I'd long ago come to the conclusion that the work I do (software engineering) contains some really complicated but predictable and boring stuff that is easy to screw up, and that...more
Dr. Gawande makes two points, checklists and clear communications among teams, are absolutely required to decrease errors a...more
As ammunition, Gawande examines checklists used successfully by pilots, construction teams, hospitals, emergency teams, and businesses. Some of these stories are more relevant and interesting than others.
As I read, I caught Gawande's vision of a checklist and reflected on the ways I have used ch...more
He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard...more
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Discipline is hard--harder than trustworthiness and skill and perhaps even than selflessness. We are by nature flawed and inconstant creatures. We can't even keep from snacking between meals. We are not built for discipline. We are built for novelty and excitement, not for careful attention to detail. Discipline is something we have to work at.”