Book Summary: The Checklist Manifesto

Book: The Checklist Manifesto

Author: Atul Gawande

Key takeaways:

Checklists

  • help us avoid us ineptitude–errors borne out us not availing ourselves of readily available knowledge
  • elevate baseline performance

Good checklists are :

  • NOT manuals
  • precise–provide reminders of only the most important steps that even skilled practitioners miss
  • espouses “kill your darlings”–does not contain very critical steps that skilled practitioners will remember even without the assist

Best checklists:

  • are between 5 – 9 items
  • can be read within 60 – 90 seconds, the time after which people start short-cutting
  • fit on one piece of paper

 

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