The Checklist Manifesto

How to Get Things Right

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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestselling author of Being Mortal 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 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.

GENRE
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2010
April 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
224
Pages
PUBLISHER
Henry Holt and Co.
SELLER
Macmillan
SIZE
2
MB

Customer Reviews

jeremypalmer ,

An Interesting Read

The author is a masterful storyteller. In this book he provides numerous stories and examples of how different professionals use checklists to prevent mistakes, handle crisis, and complete complicated projects.

I would like the book better if he had introduced more practical tips for creating, managing and applying checklists earlier in the book. It seems like the best advice appeared in the second half of the book.

Mbkrt ,

Why No Checklist

This is an excellent book, but it is missing one key element. Why doesn't a book about the power of checklists contain a checklist for creating checklists?

Picky Piggy ,

Useful!

What I thought was a simple concept did ring true, but understanding the genesis and the positives and pitfalls of checklists was fascinating. I took away useful tools for my own business. It really gives the reader a 360 view of this simple, yet amazing tool.

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