The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right Book Review
Book Author: Atul Gawande
A lot of really interesting stories about why the checklist is the difference between life and death… literally. The author is a surgeon who realized that having a checklist to avoid errors, saved lives, and prevented lawsuits (saving millions of dollars).
These stories are not your average connection between a topic and some arbitrary story (ie. Malcolm Gladwell books), that have a loose connection. These stories are actually quite powerful, practical, and actual (they ARE relevant to what the author is talking about).
Originally, the checklist was heavily implemented by pilots to ensure their planes were functioning, and when the plane was in a crisis situation. The checklist has expanded into other industries. From doctors, to financial investment agencies, to construction supervisors, the checklist has ensured things go according to plan.
I’ve used ‘task-lists’ extensively for several years now. Not so much a ‘checklist’. A ‘task-list’ is a list with things I need to get done. Checklists being things that you need to doublecheck for error-prevention.
I believe this book is more about those double-checklists. I’m quite error-prone, so maybe a checklist will allow less errors during the launching of products, complex technical ideas, or whatever else.
P.S. Mental checklists won’t do. You NEED to get them down on paper.
4/5 – the idea of checklists is simple, but the idea is extrapolated with some REALLY powerful stories within ‘The Checklist Manifesto’.
Quote of the Day
“Good checklists, on the other hand are precise. They are efficient, to the point, and easy to use even in the most difficult situations. They do not try to spell out everything–a checklist cannot fly a plane. Instead, they provide reminders of only the most critical and important steps–the ones that even the highly skilled professional using them could miss. Good checklists are, above all, practical.”
― Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right