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“As always, Atul Gawande writes in a highly communicative style that is easy to read and understand. He makes a persuasive case that checklists improve the outcomes of many complex activities such as flying airplanes and building large buildings. He makes a strong case for their incorporation...”see full review » see other reviews »
“http://urbantimes.co/2013/07/getting-the-stupid-stuff-right/”Strider23 wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Brilliant book.”Rajeshwar S wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've been a long time believer in Checklists, and creating them to assist the work we do. And appreciated many of the new insights and distincitions I got from the book.
One of these is the distinction of Checklists into two categories: DO-THEN CHECK, and READ-THEN DO.
The book talks a lot about the checklists used by pilots. Just after finishing the book in Brazil I took two flights back to the U.S. so asked both pilot crews questions that occurred to me after reading the book.
The first crew (after we had landed) created alarms and showed me how the alarm condition would show on their screens, as "on screen" checklists, and then showed me the checklist book, they also have. He quickly used the Table of Contents to find the page for the needed checklist, and to to that page, reading through each procedure for me.
I asked the Captain and Co-Pilot how many times they'd flown together before. The first crew said that was the first time and the second two said this was their second time flying together. So I asked how that got instant good teamworking on such an important job. And both crews said that this was why standardization was so important to them.
The book says that the smarter people are, the more they tend to resist the use of checklists. So in the doctor examples, they empowered the nurses to call the doctors to account and follow procedures, and improved results that way, until the doctors came on board with the checklists too.
I work with a lot of smart people and have seen that resistance too. Though with what I've learned from this first reading, hope to be better able to sell them on the importance of using checklists. Not to make us robots. But to make sure the stupid stuff gets done, so we have more time to focus on the smart stuff.
I also like the comment that teams that used checklists, to make sure the routine parts of the work got done as expected, were better prepared to work as a team when things did not go according to plan and emergency actions were required.”
“A good insight into the world of getting things done correctly - as often as possible. Backed up with stories that stick in the mind.”Jeff white wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande brings to life how checklists are used in disciplines that deal with immense complexity (e.g., engineering and aviation), and through a mix of evidence and personal stories makes the use of checklists in medicine seem like long-overdue common sense. Gawande is candid about the challenges of using checklists in medicine: 'We have the means to make some of the most complex and dangerous work we do -- in surgery, emergency care, ICU medicine, and beyond -- more effective than we ever thought possible. But the prospect pushes against the traditional culture of medicine, with its central belief that in situations of high risk and complexity what you want is a kind of expert audacity. Checklists and standard operating procedures feel like exactly the opposite, and that's what rankles many people.' But as he points out, 'Just ticking boxes is not the ultimate goal here. Embracing a culture of teamwork and discipline is.' Because that is what it takes to produce better outcomes in an era of increasing complexity.”Chris Barnes wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's a book... about checklists. I guess the point is that checklists can drastically improve reliability in complex scenarios given that they are concise and tested.”Joe P wrote this review Sunday, October 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you have not read anything Atual Gawande has written you need to. Check out his home page for starters http://gawande.com/articles ”Damien McL wrote this review Saturday, August 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Always good to read Atul Gawande? A must read. Inspiring as much as it is useful. Checklists are for humans... Except for those of you who remember everything and remember every lesson from all your experiences. ”josh wrote this review Thursday, August 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very simple but powerful concept - implement a checklist for complex tasks that are prone to errors. Great read that applies to many different fields.”Dhaval Vasavada wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No