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
Where this book really made a difference is in operating theatres. They a ...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
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
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 author, a surgeon, essentially had just discovered the power of checklists himself and was on a mission to get their usage established a ...more
This is more than a book, it is a groundbreaking transformation. Having worked in the wider healthcare sector for over 30 years (not a clinician), you understand the levels of authority, the egos, and intransigence of senior healthcare professionals, especially in relation to their juniors and lesser deemed roles. The challenge has been, to inculcate something so obvious and relatively easy to implement, causes concerns that much of hard-earned experience and intellect can be reduced ...more
The doctor that delivered me & cured my childhood colds also did my hernia operation, sewed up our w ...more
1) Utter bewilderment that anyone would STILL be spending time to read books... and for pleasure, no less.
2) Great, let me recommend this absolutely amazing book called--
The first ones I can deal with easily enough: they feed my need ...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
Wrong, wrong, wrong. It's nine chapters of anecdotes. Nothing more. It's the literary equivalent of someone derailing your conversation in a bar and killing the next three hours of your life with tedious, tangenti ...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
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
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
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
I feel bad for criticizing this book because I love Dr. Gawande. I have never been his colleague or patient, but based on his publications, I assume he is g ...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
Didn't work that well and got bored with the repetitive examples and statistics on how a checklist helps.
Agreed how handy checklists are in this era of overflowing information and complexity.
This book propagates checklist like every damn process in the world could be improvised using a checklist.
Would have been interesting to add scenarios differ ...more
Gladwell's review of t ...more
Here's the thesis: checklists are good. Use checklists.
THERE. I JUST SAVED YOU LIKE FOUR HOURS OF YOUR LIFE.
Seriously, that's all this book is, over and over and over. The author reminds me of my dad, who uses a 20 minute story to express an idea he could have said in ten words.
I gave it two stars bc there's a bunch of research adn story-telling and work that went into this book, obviously, but dear LORD is it pointless.
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
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.”