A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder – How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place

I don’t remember how I found out about this book, but when I read a description I decided to try it.

Its a really good book. I found a lot of useful tidbits, such as the Marine Corp. slogan, “plan early, plan twice.” I think the book makes a good case for finding the right amount of mess for a given problem or effort. I also liked the (perhaps counter-intuitive) insight that something done often needs more mess than something done occasionally; when I remember that things done occasionally require aids (quick references, tutorials, etc.) then this becames more intuitive and even obvious.

For those of you running a herding a group of cats that needs to handle some operational work, this book may save your sanity.


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