by Atul Gawande
“Checklist Manifesto” is a great book, for those who want to establish a checklist on their day to day work activities. Checklist Manifesto is the author of this wonderful book. Atul is an excellent storyteller who chooses well to illustrate his message. Although he advocates checklists in medicine, he illustrates their use in construction and in piloting. The book is a good reminder for anyone in a process-oriented profession, which is most of us. A challenge: figure out how checklist usage in your profession can be improved. Atul writes about the transformation of surgical care by the use of a tool that has long been recognized as essential for safety in other areas of industry for a long time: the checklist. He explores the benefits, and limitations that checklists bring (or can bring) to our daily lives. This is a great book for anyone who provides care for patients. The author, Atul, is an excellent writer, and this book demonstrates it fully. While its main topic is focused on improving the process of surgery, it explains its aim by drawing on many examples from aviation, advanced, complex construction of very large buildings and other relevant areas where processes are too complex to be solved by having a single authority on a charge of everything.
An exciting read that illuminates how simple methods can increase the effectiveness in reducing accident risk. As interesting for a pilot as it is for a surgeon. Author Gawande, a surgeon, uses hospitals and especially surgery to illustrate what checklists can do to prevent injury and improve outcomes. But he doesn’t stop there. He writes about building skyscrapers, flying planes, handling massive disasters like the role that Walmart played during Katrina. Best of all, he shows that checklists don’t always work, and the reasons why. He shows how simple checklists at the beginning of problems can prevent disasters when the problem could have become too big to handle. This is a masterful look at how one person can no longer be the one voice in very complex situations. Checklists are about the team, each member doing his part and not missing a step so that the team can act as one unit to perfect the outcome. This is a must-read for anyone finding themselves in organizations and who are frustrated by mistakes that don’t have to happen. We would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in process improvement, not only in business but in your own life. Now, you must know: Atul is a wonderfully talented writer whose words are beautifully, poetically constructed.