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Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever [Paperback]

David Heinemeier Hansson Jason Fried
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Common sense, repackaged March 12 2010
By Tom Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWER
It would be easy to be dismissive of this book:

Its 270 pages are mostly white space and tangential illustrations;you get about 100 pages here. It doesn't go into any depth, simply skimming the surface of very many different notions. Nothing here is new, it is 80% common sense and you can read most of it for free on the Signal vs Noise blog.

And yet I highly recommend buying and reading it. It will only take you a few hours and will enrich your business life. Why? Because you are stupid.

Its okay though, I'm stupid too; we are all stupid. We constantly forget what we know; we backslide; we lose courage. We listen to overpaid overfed corporate execs and their ghost-writers and don't listen to what our sensible grandmothers tell us, and heck those grandmothers would never have let the economy go crunch.

So we need books that remind us what we already know to be true, and reiterate it a distinctive and friendly way so that remember it for a little while longer than normal.

This book does this so well that it sets the benchmark for slapping yourself in the face. Along the way it reminds you that you wasted several hundred dollars on wordy business books that told you what to do and how to do it, by authors who did a 180 a couple of years later.

Put simply this book reminds you to be free. Think freely, march to your own drummer, don't do stuff because it worked for someone else, and ignore any doomsayer who says 'that will never work'. Perceived wisdom is dangerous; real wisdom involves having an open mind with plenty of room for new thinking.

It is motivational more than informative, but that is what you need. Your business will be unique, every business is, so why copy someone else?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Help June 26 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book gave me some good advice that wasn't overly wordy. It got me into actually making things and making a profit. It gave me comfort knowing I don't have to be big overnight. I don't need to be a great artist right now. I just have to work with what I've got right now. I like how the authors say, "Everything is marketing."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
If Joseph Schumpeter were to design a "creative destroyer," he would probably come up with a business thinker who bears a striking resemblance to Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. To me, they seem to be iconoclasts who are impatient to build rather than anarchists whose objective is chaos. They quickly indicate a healthy respect for the nature and extent of difficulty when challenging the status quo. But they are not deterred by that difficult, as their success with 37signals clearly indicates, and they probably have more confidence in their readers' (as yet) unfulfilled potentialities than most of those readers do.

Consider this passage in Chapter FIRST: "There's a new reality. Today anyone can be in business. Tools that used to be out of reach are now easily accessible. Technology that cost thousands is now just a few bucks or free. One person can do the job of two or three or, in some cases, an entire department. Stuff that was impossible just a few years ago is simple today." That said, Fried and Hansson realize that many people who read that passage will heartily endorse its spirit but decline to embrace and leverage the opportunities that the new reality offers. For them, the "real world" is defined by what James O'Toole so aptly characterizes in his book, Leading Change, as "the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom."

This so-called "real world" has advocates who, Fried and Hansson observe, "are filled with pessimism and despair. They expect fresh concepts to fail. They assume society isn't ready for or capable of change. Even worse, they want to drag others down into their tomb. If you're hopeful and ambitious, they'll try to convince you your ideas are impossible. They'll say you're wasting your time. Don't believe them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rules of Thumb That are too generic to be useful May 17 2013
By Erbsock
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This book claims to get to the root of building a business and offers up some a few dozen "quotes" that should help you get on your way. Their examples are poorly expanded and this book offers nothing of substance. It's like to college kids who built a business and think they can become self-help gurus with their standard "we're awesome and you are too" mantra. This book doesn't go into any detail on any single concept. This book is to business what diet fads are to the fitness industry. Poorly developed, lack of detail, too much to be useful and very generic. If you really want something useful, begin with Blue Ocean Strategies or Start With Why. I wish i could return this doorstop.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Now Come Back To Earch June 26 2014
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Lots of great ideas that have obviously worked for them. But its not a one size fits all. Didn't find too much stuff that was actually applicable day to day
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Number One Recommendation May 22 2014
By Afshin
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great Job!
I don't say I agree with all the comments in this book, but simply I admire the courage to publish ideas against the formal and traditional management rules.
Recommended to everyone interested in modern management ideas!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work! Dec 27 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is sharp, and to the point. Practical and useful business advice that is relevant today more than ever. Haven't finished it yet, but already a huge fan of the work at about 50% through it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ground breaking common sense
The whole thing is so common-sensical that it's easy to overlook the fact that there's some great inspiration to be found in this book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by piccolo
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
An interesting read. For those who need a quick debrief or pulse check it provides and un biased opinion of what we are all thinking. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trevor Hoch
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book you need to read
As a manager, a student and a passionate on the subject, I will only tell you this much; buy this book now. This book reads all by itself. Read more
Published 13 months ago by P01arBear
3.0 out of 5 stars rework
Meh, I got good info from it. Very quick read. Recommend for a younger audience who is starting their small business from scratch
Published 16 months ago by Andrew Mooney
4.0 out of 5 stars Rework helped me Rethink
I enjyed reading this book. It would help anyone starting up a buisness or reoganizing a current one. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Steve Rea
3.0 out of 5 stars A tad light on insight and content
This has some good ideas and I like the perspective overall, but hardly enough to base a whole book on.
Published 17 months ago by Cooker
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! Great advice!
this book provides valuable advice for start-ups as well as established software development organizations. the book talks about very important ingredients for success. Read more
Published 18 months ago by dniss
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not amazingly good
As one reviewer said, it is indeed common sense repackaged, hence its title: Rework.
If you read a lot of "getting rich quickly" books, you do need this though! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Patrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Lightweight....
...could have managed the key messages in one chapter. Lots of repetition and somewhat simple. But a few good non-intuitive insights
Published 20 months ago by billmccollam
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