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The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande explains how checklists are critical for managing complexity in medicine, business, and other fields. The idea of a checklist is simple, but has profound implications for high performance, disaster avoidance and team dynamics.
In 2006, Gawande worked with the World Health Organization to find an effective way to reduce preventable errors in the high-stakes world of surgery. With over 25 million surgical procedures performed annually, the complexity of surgery led to errors leaving millions of patients disabled or dead every year. Many of these mistakes were preventable.
The humble checklist seemed to be a promising answer to this problem, so Gawande began a journey to understand how other industries such as aviation, building construction, and financial investing use checklists to minimize error and increase standards of performance. Through research, trial and error, Gawande discovered that making a checklist is more challenging than it seems. When done incorrectly, checklists can be confusing, frustrating and demotivating. But when done properly, checklists can not only reduce costly errors and save lives, but also create better teamwork, empower employees, and improve organizational culture.
In this summary:
Introduction. Failure from ignorance vs. ineptitude.
Chapter 1: The Problem of Extreme Complexity. The rise of complexity and the inadequacies of specialization and super-specialization.
Chapter 2: The Checklist. 3 types of failure: memory, attention, skipping steps that usually don’t matter; case studies: The Boeing Model 299, and The Keystone Initiative.
Chapter 3: The End of the Master Builder. 3 types of problems: simple, complicated, complex; 2 types of checklists: task vs. communication; case study: The Citicorp Center.
Chapter 4: The Idea. Checklists and the decentralization of authority; case study: Wal-Mart’s vs. FEMA’s emergency response to Hurricane Katrina.
Chapter 5: The First Try. 3 characteristics of successful interventions: simple, measurable, widely transmissible; case studies: disease control in slums of Karachi, Pakistan, and the “Cleared for Takeoff” surgery checklist at Columbus Children’s Hospital; the activation phenomenon; Gawande fails his first attempt at a safe surgery checklist.
Chapter 6: The Checklist Factory. Normal vs. non-normal checklists; checklist testing and revision; a vehicle for knowledge transmission; 5 properties of good checklists; 5 steps to create effective checklists.
Chapter 7: The Test. Gawande revises, improves, and tests a new safe surgery checklist and succeeds.
Chapter 8: The Hero in the Age of Checklists. Why people are averse to checklists; checklists in public market investing and venture capital; the “Miracle on the Hudson”; professional codes of conduct.
Chapter 9: The Save. The checklist saves a life.
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Great summary about the power of checklists. Lots of good examples of how checklists improve organizations.
This is a thoughtfully written summary of a very helpful book. Interesting points applicable to work and personal situations.