Rework Hardcover – Mar 9 2010
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"Jason Fried and David Hansson follow their own advice in REWORK, laying bare the surprising philosophies at the core of 37signals' success and inspiring us to put them into practice. There's no jargon or filler here just hundreds of brilliantly simple rules for success. Part entrepreneurial handbook for the twenty-first century, part manifesto for anyone wondering how work really works in the modern age, REWORK is required reading for anyone tired of business platitudes."
--Chris Anderson, New York Times bestselling author of THE LONG TAIL and FREE
"House-husband, housewife, Fortune 500 CEO, cab driver, restaurateur, venture capitalist -- this is 'the book for you,' a book of true wisdom, business wisdom, life wisdom. The clarity, even genius, of this book actually brought me to near-tears on several occasions. Just bloody brilliant, that's what!"
--Tom Peters, New York Times bestselling author of IN SEARCH OF EXCELLENCE, THRIVING ON CHAOS and LEADERSHIP
"If given a choice between investing in someone who has read REWORK or has an MBA, I'm investing in REWORK every time. This is a must read for every entrepreneur."
--Mark Cuban, co-founder of HDNet and Broadcast.com and owner of the Dallas Mavericks
"Inspirational...REWORK is a minimalist manifesto that's profoundly practical. In a world where we all keep getting asked to do more with less, the authors show us how to do less and create more."
--Scott Rosenberg, Co-Founder of Salon.com and author of DREAMING IN CODE and SAY EVERYTHING
"The brilliance of REWORK is that it inspires you to rethink everything you thought you knew about strategy, customers, and getting things done. Read this provocative and instructive book—and then get busy reimagining what it means to lead, compete, and succeed."
--William C. Taylor, Founding Editor of Fast Company and coauthor of MAVERICKS AT WORK
"...a Webby manifesto for post-recession success."--Newsweek
About the Author
37signals is a privately held company founded by Internet trailblazers, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary. Their products -- Basecamp, Backpack, Highrise, and Campfire -- do less than the competition...intentionally. Since 1999, 37signals has grown into a multi-million dollar company with three million fanatically loyal customers. The company has been profiled in the Guardian, Time, Wired, and Business Week. They are based in Chicago. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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?Read more ›
1. Every second to third page is a picture(filler).
2. All of the points are vague and only touched on in 1 to 2 pages.
The concepts behind the book are good. I've read hundreds of business/finance/self-dev/entrepeneur books, and this one DOES have stuff that other books don't. If you can pick just a single page and say that you ACTUALLY implemented it the $20-$30 you paid for the book will be returned to you in unmeasureable amounts. I've implemented some of them and I actually do own and run my own business. It's made a difference.
my apologies Sir.
I Read this book in 2 days....super addicting....like crack on paper!
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.Read more ›
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Rework is a nicely package book that takes the approach of having a conversation with the individual rather than beating them over the head with facts. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
There is a difference between rework and iterative/incremental development. Do you know the difference? Can't deliver or show your product until it's completely done? Read morePublished 21 days ago by Brad Mattson
This book is honestly nothing more than a preachy, idealistic, new-wave collection of bullet points barely fleshed out with cherry picked examples that only support that specific... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It is very easy to read and the authors amazingly get their point across. I suggest to anyone willing or in meed to rethink how they work.Published 4 months ago by Mitch
Very good condition. Got it as a gift for my boyfriend because he wanted it for awhile.Published 6 months ago by Laura
Really insightful - and different - look at what it means to run a business. Easy to read and full of simple truths that you can either embrace or ignore. Read morePublished 7 months ago by James White