Archive for April, 2010

Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande

April 6, 2010


This examination of complexity and how simple tools can improve the performance of even the most highly-trained experts is essential reading. Gawande, a surgeon in Boston, worked with the World Health Organization to study whether checklists (like the ones used in aviation) could improve outcomes of surgery in all cases — whether third-world or wealthy cities. The results were astounding. I will definitely read Gawande’s other books (Better and Complications) now; his writing is clear, concise, interesting and very relevant.