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
When I was the credentialing coordinator for a multi-specialty medical clinic, I used checklists all the...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
The book gives an insight into a simple idea of maintaining a checklist to tiger trap the most overlooked trivialities in one's profession. It goes on narrating numerous incidents of medical, aviation, construction, banking and businesses domain, all pointing out how checklist saved the day in the end.
By the end of the b...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
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
We were standing in a bookshop in Kilkenney, Ireland, which we were visiting on our honeymoon. I had loaded my kindle up with plenty to read, and even bought a paperback (book one of the A Song of Ice and Fire) to read during the no-electronics portion of the flights. But I was in a bookstore, and you all know what that means.
The synopsis of the book struck me as kind of interesting, and I thought it might help me at work. The basic premise is that checklists...more
The book is about, well, checklists. The general claim is that checklists are very powerful in helping us manage and deal with complex situations. Sounds tri...more
Why? Quite simply because knowledge is not enough when the problems and issues are complex. To ensure nothing is overlooked, one has to build good habits and...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
The book is a brief and easy read, engaging enough with real-life experiences and examples to make the re...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
Dr. Gawande walks the reader through his own fascination with checklists by telling the story of the B-17 and how its crash during a demonstration led t...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
almost wanted to read it in one day,
got a total new perspetive on professionality and getting things done,
reminded me of some ways how we as total rookies organized an event by checking all we did in our "control-room" ; )
The Author Atul Gawande is a surgeon, and the base-story is about developing quality in surgery. So some of the stories that weave the red thread are quite into body liquids the nasty way (do not be afraid, most of them if not all have positive outcomes). If one doe...more
It struck me that one of the benefits that Dr. Gawande attributes to checklists is actually only...more
Filled with riveting examples from medicine, aviation, construction, pubic service, and finance, this book systematically...more
I admit, when I first saw this book perched on the bestseller shelf I was skeptical about how the idea of a checklist could be so revolutionary. Revolutionary enough to create a manifesto, in fact. Who isn't familiar with checklists, and how in the world could someone create an entire book promoting their usefulness? (Uh, duh.) Needless to say, by page three of the book I was sold.
The whole premise of the book is that effectively developed and implemented, a simple checklist...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
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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.”