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 checklistWe 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... show more
The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklistWe 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 ninety-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 reading for anyone working to get things right.
Publish date: 2009-12-22
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Self Help
, Personal Development
I enjoyed this book immensely. It's about a lot more than the value of checklists, though it is absolutely about that. It's a practical treatise, though, on recognizing our own limitations and fallibilities. Even (or especially) if we are highly trained, specialized professionals. It has a lot to sa...
An interesting subject, covering one implementation in detail, and touching on a few more. I enjoyed the parts where the reasons and psychology behind the scenes were explored. Overall the book didn't grab me, but it was certainly better than average.
Aviation style checklists can save the world! The medical establishment (of whom Dr. Gawande is a member) would benefit from using checklists to promote teamwork and keep from forgetting basic medical treatments.
Fascinating look at how something as simple as a checklist can make a big difference. Reminded me somewhat of a Malcolm Gladwell book so I enjoyed it.
Is there a word for a non-fiction worth that's about novella length? Is that just a long paper or treatise or something? Because I was surprised by how much I liked this book, but I would've liked it more if it had been about that length.This was a book I read for work, everyone in my department did...