Book Review – The Checklist Manifesto

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If someone told you there is a way to improve everything and to reduce the percentage of error to a minimum, would you use it? This thing has been used by pilots for the longest time to reduce the risk of accidents and to save lives. Recently, other professions also started to use it. And this thing is free!!! In fact, you have probably used it a couple of times. Of course, I am talking about checklists.
I found “The Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande at a used book sale for 1$ and it was well worth. The information inside the book is worth a thousand times more.
Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher.
When I learned the benefits of checklists, I was sold on the idea of using them in the future. Here is why. Since the implementation of checklists in their day-to-day routine, pilots significantly reduced their rate of accidents. Not only checklists prevented disasters from happening, but it also helped pilots to better communicate and work as a team.
By learning about the success pilots got by using checklists, the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted a pilot program in eight cities around the world to improve the rate of surgeries. The WHO made a checklist for surgeons and their staffs to use in their operations.
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By reading this book, I found that in order to improve something or to reduce the rate of mistakes, you don’t need to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars. Something as simple as a checklist can be as powerful or even better than high-tech machinery, software or technique.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn how to tackle a problem or a project. I learned a lot and it helps me view things differently. This book taught me that solutions do not have to be complex to be effective.
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