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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

4 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Atul Gawande

Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2009: With a title likeThe Checklist Manifesto, it would be natural to expect that Atul Gawande is bent on revolutionizing that most loved-hated activity of workers the world over: the to-do list. But it's … see full wiki

Author: Atul Gawande
Genre: Professional & Technical, Science, Nonfiction
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Date Published: December 22, 2009
4 reviews about The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things...
review by . July 16, 2010
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande is a book I'd heard about a number of months ago and meant to read long before now. But a long hold list at the library and then a messed-up checkout (that put me at the end of the long list again!) conspired against me until now. The main gist of the book is that the rigorous use of the lowly checklist can radically improve your chances of getting the correct outcome of a job or task, even if that task is highly complex. Gawande applied …
review by . March 17, 2010
Since Malcom Gladwell ignited the pop-science boomlet, many authors have climbed aboard pretending to search for the deep hidden principles in everyday activities.     Atul Gawande is different in a way since he brings actual credentials to a part of his task. He is a surgeon.     But ultimately his 193 page self-described manifesto boils down to three points. First, procedures should be distilled into easily comprehended checklists. Second, people should …
review by . February 04, 2010
The checklist? Can even the eloquent Dr. Gawande ("Better," "Complications") find a book's worth of things to say about such a humdrum tool of ordinary life?    Turns out, he can. Gawande even generates excitement over the possibilities of improving almost every aspect of modern life, particularly the big, complicated, error-prone things like airplane flight, skyscraper construction and, yes, medicine.    Surgeon, Harvard professor, New Yorker writer and one …
review by . January 25, 2010
You have to feel sorry for Atul Gawande's siblings. No matter how brilliant their accomplishments, at any family gathering, we know who is going to be center stage. He's not just your average doctor, he's a surgeon. Specializing in endocrine cancer. This astonishingly good book isn't his first - he's written two others, "Better" and "Complications". Of course he's a Harvard professor. Oh yes, he does a little magazine writing. For the "New Yorker", for crying out loud. His essay in the June 1st …
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