While it's not easy to get on the same page with everyone who matters, it's really important and effective in all the right ways.
Checklists are another way to up your game...if what you're responsible for has any worth at all.
Mom, Author, Teacher, and Critter Lover
No. I was interested in this book because I hoped it would have specific ideas for making checklists effective and efficient... instead, I heard a LOT about doctors and nurses and how checklists are great for them. I gave up after two chapters, ran to the store, paged through the hard copy, and did not see anything that would apply to my need - making checklists for teachers or parents.
No, but I would be hesitant to read anything by this author again.
It wasn't bad so much as very bland.
Yes, certainly - if you are in the medical field, a medical student, or interested in checklists in a purely academic sense. It's not a BAD book... it was just bad for what I needed, and nothing I read prior to purchasing could fill me in on how it really left it to the reader to tease out the "how to's" of making checklists work for you.
The first chapter is enough to scare anyone away from a hospital. I have panic/anxiety disorder, and my nerves were jangling by the end of the first anecdote. It can be skipped entirely - it's truly not crucial to the book - if you are a sensitive soul.
I thought I was very well organized and used systems and checklist efficiently. Hearing this book, I noticed I was fooling myself and was convinced to systematize even more some parts of what I do. While I always lived the motto systematize to be creative where it count, atul made a really good point about it. Also he does not do it in a long winded way at all. His examples are short and on point and he Cover the subject completely. What you should do, how you should do, what edge it will give you and why you won't do it.
Very impressive book
Amazing detail into insightful checklists and how to produce them effectively. I've been using the strategies for a few months now and have completely revamp all check lists in my service comoany.
I hoped to see more information on creating and refining effective process checklists, and the systems used by Dr. Gawande himself.
Since this is not necessarily a how to book, and there is still quite a bit of useful information in it, I still consider this a 4 star read.
Drives home the importance of using checklists, even when you don't feel they're necessary.
This book helps understand how we can build better business and work procedures. Also it has some GREAT stories.
I agree with the reviews stating this all could have been covered by a magazine article. The individual anecdotes were interesting and enjoyable, but they didn't really connect to a anything larger than "checklists are useful". Not being in the medical or aerospace industries, I found little long term value in this read.
The title, though apt, suggests a boring read.. A smart business book at best. Instead, the book does a brilliant job of engaging the listener through exciting case studies (mostly medical or aviation in context.)
Plus, the narrators voice sounds like a cross between Michael Dorn and Jonathan Frakes, so there's that.