The Checklist Manifesto Summary

What is the checklist manifesto?

author is Atul Gawande.

Save time after that first miserable try. Checklists can make priorities clearer and prompt people to function better as a team. So they are extremely useful.

Our memories and judgement can become unreliable in this immense data driven world so pilots are trained to use checklists and not rely on memory.

Two commom types of checklists

Read-do: The user carries out each task one at a time, usually in a specific order, and then checks each task off as they are completed.

Do-confirm: The user works from memory. The purpose of the checklist is to help you verify that you have done the tasks you need to before proceeding.

After about sixty to ninety seconds at a given pause point, the checklist typically becomes a distraction from other things.

We can see the value in this book with several checklists in the middle of life-or-death situations.

Checklists are created to be simple and easy to use not necessarily complex.

People start taking shorcuts. Steps and details get missed.

Using the checklist involved a major cultural change, which may include a shift in authority, responsibility, and expectations about care.

Your staff would be far more likely to adopt the checklist if they saw their leadership accepting it from the outset. The introduction to the checklist can be rocky at times for your employees but they are there toe nature things get done the same way every time without error.

Problem and error reduction

Checklists can be associated with problem and error reduction if implemented and monitored properly.

So you want to keep the list short by focusing on “the killer items”—the steps that are most dangerous to skip and sometimes overlooked.

Maybe knowing a little project management could aid in applying this book. I have a blog post that you can read here.

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