Performing an appendectomy, flying a 747, and building a skyscraper are deeply complex tasks that require specialists and the proper tools. Despite the deep knowledge and high-tech tools needed to get the job done safely, complications arise. What is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents and keep such complex tasks running smoothly? It isn't more training and better equipment, according to surgeon Atul Gawande . It is something simple and often overlooked - the humble checklist.
In The Checklist Manifesto , Gawande investigates the use and usefulness of checklists in a range of industries. Readers learn about the rise of checklists, their role in saving lives, their use in business, and even how checklists are connected to Van Halen's request for no brown M&Ms in their tour rider. Read for yourself and decide whether checklists could also benefit you in your work and everyday life.