A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder: How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-fly Planning Make the World a Better Place - Eric Abrahamson & David H. FreedmanLondon: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
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From the cover: “Like the bestselling Freakonomics or Blink, here is a book that combines a professor’s expertise with stories from everyday life to provide a striking new view of how our world works. Ever since Einstein’s study of Brownian Motion, scientists have understood that a little disorder actually makes systems more effective. But most people still shun disorder, or suffer guilt over the mess they can’t avoid.
No longer! With a spectacular array of anecdotes and case studies of the useful role mess can play, here is an antidote to the accepted wisdom that tight schedules, neatness and consistency are the keys to success. Drawing on examples from business, parenting, cooking, the war on terrorism, retail and even the meteoric career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, co-authors 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 all the ways messiness can trump neatness, and will help you assess the right amount of disorder for any system. Whether it’s your company management plan or your closet that bedevils you, this book will show you why to say yes to mess.”