The Checklist Manifesto

The Checklist Manifesto Summary

The New York Times bestselling author of Being Mortaland Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

Book Reviews


Great concept5 star

Easy and fun read.55


Better than I thought it would be!5 star

I was pleasantly surprised with how practical and interesting I found this book. It dragged on towards the end a bit but overall was well done and worth the several hours I spent reading it.55


Great!5 star

Excellent book.55


Why No Checklist4 star

This is an excellent book, but it is missing one key element. Why doesn't a book about the power of checklists contain a checklist for creating checklists?45


Checklist Manifesto5 star

A very candid and well written case for why professionals should set aside pride, and develop and use checklists. James Kelly, Esq.55

Dhruv Petal

The Checklist Manifesto5 star

Nice summer read! I strongly recommend this book to people who are organized and love biomedical sciences.55


Great easy read5 star

As a medical professional I am well aware of the potential for mistakes. This book only reinforces the fact that a team approach is the best way to take care of patients.55


Great Read5 star

Gawande writes in a way that I found incredibly easy to digest. His pace is perfect- he mixes stories, facts and insight with timing that never leaves you bored.55


Checklist Manifesto4 star

It is interesting to read about how the medical profession recognized the value of the checklist and incorporated it's use In surgery. I am aware that checklists can be a useful quality control tool. The way the author presents how the various disciplines use checklists and teamwork to support their efforts makes for very interesting reading. This book gave me a deeper appreciation of "surgical teams" and the surgeons that lead them. It also left me wondering if the use of another simple tool like the Pareto chart has been considered for use in quantifying areas where additional improvement can be made.45


An Interesting Read4 star

The author is a masterful storyteller. In this book he provides numerous stories and examples of how different professionals use checklists to prevent mistakes, handle crisis, and complete complicated projects. I would like the book better if he had introduced more practical tips for creating, managing and applying checklists earlier in the book. It seems like the best advice appeared in the second half of the book.45

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