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
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Where this book really made a difference is in operating theatres. They a ...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
Curious about how checklists might limit post-surgical complications, Gawande examines how they have worked in the fields of construction and aviation, where errors could potentially kill hundreds or even thousands.
His results, written in lively and clear prose, are eye-opening, with fascinating glimpses into operating rooms around the world as well as bus ...more
― Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto
"Checklists seem to provide a protection against such failures. They remind us of the minimum necessary steps and make them explicit. They not only offer the possibility of verification, but also instill a kind of discipline of higher performance."
― Atul Gawande, The Che ...more
The doctor that delivered me & cured my childhood colds also did my hernia operation, sewed up our w ...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
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
When I was the credentialing coordinator for a multi-specialty medical clinic, I used checklists all the ...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
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
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
One of the better and more practical business books have come across.
Rock and rollers might appreciate the tributes to Van Halen's "No Brown M&Ms" policy. One finds it quite refreshing to hear David Lee Roth defend the policy in the name of logistics and supply chain management.
Most of the examples come from the authoris experiences as a surgeon; nevertheless, he generates more interest on the subject and presents it more intelligentl ...more
For the most part it made me realize how hidebound most physicians/surgeons can be. In the worlds of engineering/software/computing/project management/fill-in-the-blank, the checklist is as important & sometim ...more
Gawande compares the medical profession to aviation, engineering, investment banking and the culinary profession, as his message is transferrable to most domains. Long gone are the days where polymaths or master engineers à la Michaelangelo exist, he arg ...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
It struck me that one of the benefits that Dr. Gawande attributes to checklists is actually only ...more
But sometime over the last several decades--and it is only over the last several decades--science has filled in enough knowledge to make ineptitude as much our struggle as ignorance.
In particular, the practice of medicine and especially surgery has improved beyond all imagination, but the discovery and accumulation--and dissemination--of so much research has overwhelmed O.R. teams to the poi ...more
I found it interesting that perhaps the most impo ...more
This book was an easy and fascinating read. I can't remember how I came across the book but it looked interesting so I added it to my list. Then while on a library adventure I saw it on the New Books shelf so I picked it up.
The book talks about the complexity of situations that arise in surgery and how to tackle those issues so that common problems can be avoided. The answer is a checklist.
I loved learning about how checklists came to be used in the aviation field ...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
His basic premise: The world of medicine -- and many other businesses and institutions -- have become so complex that it is impossible for highly skilled professionals to avoid making errors. And as with previous work by Johns Hopkins' Peter Provonost on ICU catheter infections, Gawande has found that developing a simple checklist, modeled on those used success ...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.”