“Messy” by Tim Harford and high end law firms: some reflections

High achieving mess
High achieving mess

I’ve recently finished reading Tim Harford’s new book, Messy. I was attracted to it because I’ve long enjoyed his writing for the FT and, more concretely, because the book addresses issues relating to collaboration, planning vs. improvisation, automation and algorithms of relevance to what I’ve been thinking about and working on in recent years in the context of lawyers and law firms.  In this post, I’ll discuss what Harford has to say in the four areas just mentioned with particular reference to high end law firms. Read more