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A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets,… (urspr publ 2006; utgåvan 2008)

av Eric Abrahamson, David H. Freedman

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Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. Yet most people still shun disorder or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. With a spectacular array of true stories and case studies of the hidden benefits of mess, A Perfect Mess overturns the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, organization, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail, and even the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abrahamson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones. Applying this idea on scales both large (government, society) and small (desktops, garages), A Perfect Mess uncovers the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system.… (mer)
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Titel:A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
Författare:Eric Abrahamson
Andra författare:David H. Freedman
Info:Back Bay Books (2008), Edition: 0, Paperback, 352 pages
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This book starts with the premise that messiness or disorder is good and then proceeds to demonstrate with many examples spread across several chapters. He comes down hard on professional organizers.

The first premise is that the cost of ordering stuff may exceed the benefit. Another premise is that order stifles innovation, and that disorder may be conducive to greater creativity.

A few interesting things:

Cell phone providers managed to annoy users by eliminating noise. (We need the noise to know that someone is still on the other end.) The book seemed to say to reduce bandwidth consumption, they take out the real noise and put in fake noise at the other end.

The 1948 book [b:Cheaper by the Dozen|764903|Cheaper by the Dozen|Frank B. Gilbreth|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1348220916s/764903.jpg|1925199] is based on an actual family where the father indeed strove to impose a high level of order or discipline on his family.

There were examples of many unknown and small companies reputed to have success through disorder and lack of planning. Risk takers and non-conformists seems like a pretty good description of most of them. One recognizable name was mentioned, Novel Corporation. Not exactly a sterling model of a successful strategy, however, they still exist as a company.

It mentioned some examples where noise is useful in decoding information, both in biological and man-made systems, but didn't mention one that I am familiar with, which is delta-sigma analog to digital converters.

An interesting read that will probably make little difference in my life. On second though, perhaps I will do a little less planning. The book said that planning doesn't improve outcome.
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  bread2u | Jul 1, 2020 |
Still relevant despite being over a decade old. For those of us without super tidy desks will find vindication in this book. ( )
  Reyesk9 | Sep 23, 2019 |
Très intéressée par l'idée au départ, je n'ai finalement pas accroché au style, à la fois trop "sérieux" et pas assez, dans le sens où j'ai un peu l'impression qu'on passe du coq à l'âne. Une fois l'idée cernée, j'ai perdu le fil. Finalement, je ne l'ai pas lu jusqu'à la fin alors ma critique n'est peut-être pas tout à fait recevable. ;-) ( )
  LNL | Dec 22, 2016 |
Audiobook narrated by Scott Brick. I didn't think this was the right voice for this book, but in any case my brand of messiness has been validated! What I got out of it: messiness is flexible; it reflects the organizational structures of individual minds; constant organizing and cleaning can be inefficient; messiness can lead to creative breakthroughs and discoveries. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
At first, I didn't think I was going to like this book. The author seemed to be reaching with a lot of his examples of the advantages of disorder. But over time, the examples mounted and he shifted his focus on finding a balance or order to disorder. I really enjoyed his analysis and I appreciated that this book made me think outside the box. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
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Forget what everyone from your first boss to your mother taught you. The authors of A Perfect Mess are here to say that "moderately disorganized people, institutions, and systems frequently turn out to be more efficient, more resilient, more creative, and in general more effective than highly organized ones." Even better, they have proof--in this compelling and comical tour of humanity's guilt-ridden love affair with accidents, messes, and randomness
tillagd av mikeg2 | ändraFast Company, Lucas Conley (Dec 1, 2006)
 

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Ever since Einstein's study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder can actually make systems more effective. Yet most people still shun disorder or suffer guilt over the mess they can't avoid. With a spectacular array of true stories and case studies of the hidden benefits of mess, A Perfect Mess overturns the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, organization, neatness, and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail, and even the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abrahamson and Freedman demonstrate that moderately messy systems use resources more efficiently, yield better solutions, and are harder to break than neat ones. Applying this idea on scales both large (government, society) and small (desktops, garages), A Perfect Mess uncovers the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system.

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