The New York Times best-selling 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, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.
In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.
©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
I found this book to be an easy listen--almost with an old time Radio drama quality. Story after story were each gripping and well told. The topic, so easily dismissable, really came to life through the many well crafted stories. I plan to make this Audible file required for my 3 kids making their way through school and into life.
I expected to learn how to create a super bulletproof checklist, but it gives just some hints.
Most of the book is about anecdotes as an example of the importance of checklists and how they saved the day in different occasions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, not only for its message, but for the anekdotes. I will attempt to incorporate this into my routine
Great book. the main lesson of course is to use a checklist, even for mundane tasks. But the value of this book is WHY a checklist works, WHAT makes a checklist good or bad, and ultimately to share the research that proves how surprisingly effective a checklist really is.
great read for any teams doing critical work. a must read for those in the medical, aviation, or construction business. IT operations benefits as well as devops too
If you work in an industry where mistakes are costly, this is an important book for you. If you are interested in process improvement, this book should be helpful and give you simple ideas that you can get started with right away.
The audio book itself is well narrated and easy to get through in episodes (rather than one long listening stretch).
there were lots of examples in this book. Overall the book was pretty good but if you're actually looking for how to create a checklist and what to put on it this is not the correct book. dishes games a lot of examples of where checklists are applied and how they help
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