June 29, 2011

Quick Review: Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande

I recently finished reading the Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. It is not very long and is quite interesting. It has the feel of Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.

Checklist Manifesto details uses of checklists in aviation, construction, medicine, investing and other fields. Dr. Gawande was one of the pioneers of the WHO surgical checklist implemented around the world that decreased complication rates in the operating room. He explains how checklists are used to build skyscrapers. Pilots, in general, best use checklists and he has several accounts from aviation.

He gives recommendations for developing effective checklists. After reading the book I developed several small re-usable checklists for myself such as for traveling, going to work, riding my bike to work, things to remember to do monthly, others. They have decreased the rate at which I forget things to basically zero and helped me be more prepared.

I would have liked even more detailed application to personal productivity.

I recommend Checklist Manifesto and give it 4.5 / 5 rating.

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