Sunday, 3 January 2016

The Checklist Manifesto (Atul Gawande)

This book is written by surgeon Gawande and covers his experience with checklists from a clinical perspective.

The book is very engaging with stories and examples about checklists and where they are used. The author uses these examples to show that checklists can be used across disciplines and also how they are used. The main story is about him devising a surgical checklist internationally. However, those seeking a how-to will be disappointed as there is really only one or two actionable points. For more detailed checklists, I believe that the topic can get complicated (Gantt charts) and is not in scope of this book. Checklists by themselves are simple and it is a stretch to write a long book about it, so the author cannot be faulted for trying. I believe that the summary of this book is: use checklists to get better results and this book should only be picked up for the juicy stories within to support this stance.

Recommended: No, as there is not much to pick up after wading through the whole book. However, it is very entertaining.

Found in NLB: Yes