This book does a good job of summarizing examples and cases of where developing checklists and procedures were the difference between life and death. Given the author's background, most examples are from the field of medicine - sometimes in all-too-graphic detail - but others come from aviation and other industries. Hopefully it gets its readers and listeners to think differently when tackling both everyday and challenging situations.
for the most part the playback worked just fine but in certain times the play Black was somewhat glitchy and would drop a few words here and there and then continue.
Love a good science fiction book!
The fact that we can decrease the mortaliti in 45% and the morbidity in 39% just by investing one minute is amazing
It truly is a manifesto with strong cases for creating and using checklists. I did expect more practical ideas but I suppose you're supposed to take this and make your own in your areas of expertise.
If I had friends that weren't convinced that checklists were useful, I'd recommend this book. As someone who currently implements checklists, I was hoping to get some insight into how to make mine better. How should I think about organizing my checklists? How should I think about updating them and writing them for other people? The book itself isn't bad, just not what I was looking for.
Important information told with enthusiasm. I will listen to it again and again and keep learning how to make better checklists!
narrator was very easy to listen to, though you can tell some parts were spliced due to differences in sound stage. The book is a series of anecdotes and the telling of the author's experience with checklists, and how even surgeons now use them. it talks about what makes a good and bad checklist, when they are useful, and some places that use checklists that you wouldn't expect.
Atul Gawande is a vivid storyteller, noticing and describing his experiences in rich and colorful detail.
Dr. Gawande was my favorite character because he relentlessly pursued the answer to improving world health. And when that answer turned out to be something simple, he had the humility to acknowledge it and try to persuade as many people as possible to accept it.
There are so many moving and dramatic stories in this book, but probably the most moving was the last one where Dr. Gawande shows how the checklist helped to save the life of one of his own patients.
I listened to this audiobook while I was driving with my 16-year-old daughter as a passenger. She was glued to the book and couldn't wait to hear more. When it was over, she grabbed my tablet and searched for more books by Atul Gawande.
I would recommend this book to the people like me who think they are creative enough to be able to bypass the need to organize themselves.