I love checklists. I make them, many or them, everyday, They keep me focused and on task. And, sadly, at the end of the day remind me what I’ve procrastinated upon.
I love NPR too. Did anyone else hear the NPR Podcast: Atul Gawande's 'Checklist' For Surgery Success on January 05, 2010?
Fascinating podcast! I immediately made teaching and learning connections. I plan to use the podcast when I introduce teachers to the Assessing Projects Tool. (Which, I might say, produces top-notch checklists.)
The podcast promotes Atul Gawande’s book: The Checklist Manifesto How To Get Things Right. I hope it is available as an eBook. I look forward to reading it on my brand-new really cool Barnes and Noble Nook.
Here’s the NPR’s book review of The Checklist Manifesto How To Get Things Right, By Atul Gawande"
“Surgeon and writer Atul Gawande's crusade seems utterly mundane at first: He wants surgeons to use checklists to help them avoid mistakes caused by fatigue, flagging attention and other factors. Using anecdotes from aviation, construction and medicine, Gawande sets out to demonstrate that routine works wonders, even though checklists require the putting aside of pride and of surgeons' mystique of infallibility. Ultimately, he even brings the book back to "Sully" Sullenberger's landing of a plane in the Hudson River, creating a compelling case for an idea so simple that the hardest task he may face is convincing people of its importance.
Atul Gawande digs into the eye-glazing debate over health care costs and makes it clear and sometimes riveting (although some of his critics grumble he makes it a bit too simple). The book can be summarized in a sentence: Really smart surgeons make fewer mistakes if they act like airline pilots preparing to take off, working through a checklist of best practices before they get started. Do you really need a whole book to convey this idea? Not on the surface, but the stakes are high. Doctors resist checklists, fearing it makes them look dumb; yet when some doctors finally adopted checklists in a study, medical mistakes went down drastically. The book comes most alive when Gawande dwells on the actual cases of patients affected by mistakes, like the man who was accidentally administered potassium at 100 times the intended concentration — a dose that would normally only be administered at an execution.— Steve Inskeep, co-host of Morning Edition”