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- Publisher: Macmillan Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: December 22, 2009
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- Language: English
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Top Customer Reviews
The downside of the book is that it's not technical and excludes any detail on the process itself. If you're looking for tangible steps on how to improve your processes using checklists, you'll be disappointed.
If you like reading about engineering mishaps & stories, this is a nice short read. But if you're looking for a real plan of action, keep looking.
One about a child falling into a frozen lake is especially astonishing.
It was was nice, quick, and interesting read, but if you are just looking to put it into practice the main points are easy to summarize.
That said, they are not (as far as I recall) summarized on one page.
Checklists are good, they let you focus on important things without worrying about the details were are prone to forget.
Nearly all fields can use checklists.
Pilots have awesome checklists and trust them because they've proved their worth.
Make them short, practice and revise them until they flow and feel right.
Be wary of making thousands of checklists for everything, make as general as possible and only include the most crucial things.
Get everyone involved and communicating, no matter their title.
First, this is an easy-to-read, engaging book. I'll bet that you will find it hard to put down. It is interesting enough to make you want to read the book and serious enough to deliver important messages.
Second, the value of using checklists springs directly from the complexity of modern life, whether we're talking about surgery (the author is a surgeon), flying an airplane or building a skyscraper. By the way, in reading this book I have developed a newfound appreciation of how complex the construction business can be.
Third, checklists are not just for simple, straightforward tasks. Checklists help people communicate and work together better, especially when the unexpected occurs.
Fourth, checklists are important regardless of the time available. Indeed, when the cockpit crew of US Airways flight 1549 lost both engines over New York City, they had only three minutes of airtime remaining. The first thing they did was to get out their checklists. (You can read Captain Sully Sullenberger's excellent book for more details.)
Fifth, checklist usage has saved numerous lives, including one of Dr. Gawande's patients. His candor in discussing that episode is laudable.
Sixth, humans being human, mistakes will inevitably occur. Checklist usage is important when the potential cost of human mistakes is great.
Seventh, the mere act of creating a checklist focuses the mind on the most important characteristics of our tasks.
Eighth, like anything else, it takes practice to produce and use checklists effectively.
Ninth, practice comes from commitment and personal discipline. Indeed, one of the most important things Sully Sullenberger did was to maintain his composure and discipline, even while the gravity of his situation must have been racing through his mind.
Tenth, as I read this book, my mind frequently reflected on how a checklist approach could be applied in some of the business and academic practices that I am familiar with. That's the real beauty of this book--it gets the reader thinking about ways to improve life.