The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto

How to Get Things Right

Book - 2010
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Reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist now being used in medicine, aviation, the armed services, homeland security, investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Metropolitan Books, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805091748
Characteristics: x, 209 p. ; 22 cm


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Jan 24, 2018

A book on checklists that contains no checklists, not even a checklist for developing checklists.

The book is essentially a few stories about groups that use checklists, and seems intended to be motivational or inspirational. I expected each of these stories to each devote a significant portion to the development of that/those checklists, including the mistakes made and the big lessons-learned. The little of this was unsurprising, such as testing your checklist before deploying it -- the alpha, beta, ... testing common in many industries. And that advice was very, very brief -- it probably would have taken less than 4 pages (possibly only 1-2).

Oct 28, 2017

There is something about this author that makes the rest of us seem so boring, so mortal, so uninteresting. He can convince me of anything, all with a smile, all with facts and personal stories, and compelling evidence. I love hearing him on podcasts and I enjoy everything he explains, and I love it so much I tell everyone I know about it. You know what that's like.

However, I just can't read him like I listen to him. This is an easy book, and the thesis is insanely easy yet smart at the same time. But I can't get through it. In fact, I listen to him so much on podcasts that I feel like I've read much of this book already, and I know the upsides and downsides of checklists, and how they can work well, how they can reproduce and reinforce bad results, and how they can change processes and situations at work or anywhere really, for the better.

But I just can't make myself finish this book. But I own it, so maybe someday . . .

Oct 10, 2016

I was drawn to this book because I’m addicted to making lists, I’ve benefited from using checklists in my work, and I heard a recording of the author talking about using checklists in medicine to save lives. I was so impressed by what Gawande said that I immediately went to the Library to get the book so that I could learn more. A checklist is such a simple and effective tool that I’m amazed that they are not more widely used and that he had to work so hard to convince his peers of their efficacy.

Aug 10, 2016

At first this book's thesis seems pretty basic, but then you realize how many instances and professions may not utilize checklists, and then you are profoundly shocked!
I can't recall where I first picked up the habit of making checklists: school, the military, but most definitely in my youth somewhere.
Dr. Gawande has written a most important book for the present!

Jun 23, 2016

Well written; interesting examples of disasters that could have been or were avoided by using a checklist. The book makes you aware of the benefit of having a checklist for other everyday life events.

I really enjoyed this book. The storytelling is great, and Dr. Gawande has thought deeply about his topic. I wasn't sure what one could possibly say about checklists when I picked this book up, but he's done his research and has given us a very carefully crafted book. My work has nothing to do with medicine but Dr. Gawande has me rethinking just what my responsibilities are and how best to manage them.

Apr 19, 2015

This compelling book written by a successful surgeon argues the case of using a humble checklist in major medical surgery as Airline Pilots do in flying. Checklists, suggests (and proves) Dr. Gawande, can save lives. It's as as simple as that. The writer shows us in detail how a simple checklist can minimize mistakes that lead to horrendous problems and even fatalities.

This manifesto is electrifying and I for one loved it.

Jan 19, 2015

A clearly and informally written book... I felt it got bogged down by all of the anecdotes, but on the other hand its the anecdotes that made it interesting to read. What is lacking is instructions on how to write one's own checklists (it gives a pew pointers, but that's all).

JCS3F Feb 09, 2014

A thoughtful reminder that the simplest solutions are often the most effective. Gawande highlights a myriad of complicated endeavors made manageable through the use of checklists. From ambitious construction projects that incorporate the efforts of an army of subcontractors, to procedures that limit hospital infections, to the reminders that co-pilots read prior to takeoff, checklists are a simple means of ensuring performance in complicated, potentially high stress environments. Moreover, Gawande's examples have real implications for the rest of us. If checklists are an effective tool for a heart surgeon, they must be useful in more quotidian circumstances, too. Both personal and professional.

JCLLeslieN Dec 24, 2013

If you are not a list maker then you should read this book. Great stories that illustrate their value - for example, those big skyscrapers would not be possible without them.

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