Disrupt Yourself Using Cognitive Task Analysis

I spent part of 2006 writing about Clayton M. Christensen‘s Disruptive Innovation Theory for the Smart Internet Technology CRC. The research process for an unpublished monograph (PDF) led me to discover all sorts of related areas, from the Toyota Production System to agile software development and design patterns in object oriented programming.


Recently, this body of work influenced me to look at cognitive task analysis (PDF) as a way to self-disrupt your process and work routines. Beth Crandall, Gary Klein and Robert R. Hoffman’s Working Minds: A Practitioner’s Guide to Cognitive Task Analysis (Boston, MA: MIT Press, 2006) is a useful introduction. John D. Lee and Alex Kirlik’s Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013) is an advanced reference on the broader field of cognitive engineering as a systems approach to human mental processes and decision-making.