I just finished reading “The Atomic Chef” and found it difficult to put down. I simply couldn’t resist finding out what unexpected consequence or turn of events was around the next corner.
This is an absolute must read if you are in any way involved with the development of new products or services. Sometimes things don’t go as planned despite everyone’s best efforts. Like the bumper sticker says, “stuff” happens. This book gets into the stuff to reveal what really happened. The author painstakingly researches and recounts the real story behind mismatches in people and technology.
If you like fairy tale endings this may not be the book for you. However, if you are interested in learning the true details behind real world events, I highly recommend the Atomic Chef. In contrast to more traditional Human Factors books or case studies, the Atomic Chef presents enjoyable and eminently readable accounts of actual events.
Little things can make a big difference; I’d recommend The Atomic Chef’s cautionary tales to any student or professional interested in learning more about the relationship between people and technology.
Russell Kroll – Formation Design Group