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Remote: Office Not Required by [Fried, Jason, Heinemeier Hansson, David]
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“The authors review the pros and cons of telecommuting, suggest ideas to enhance efficiency, and tools to optimize output and build a collaborative spirit….easy to digest [and] useful ideas that are worth checking out.”
--Success Magazine

“Presents powerful arguments…the book is an eye opener to the endless benefits that come with remote work...a worthwhile investment of your times and money.”
--Tech Vibes

"Remote is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, Remote is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
 
"What you'll find in Remote is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena.  This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 

“Remote is the way I work and live.  Now I know why.  If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life.”
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life
 
“In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion.”
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for Wired Magazine and author of What Technology Wants
 
“Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, Remote offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords).”
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today’s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves

“Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free--free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!”
--James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation
 
"Just like we couldn't imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970’s, some companies still believe that they can't get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers."
--Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
 
“Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker.  For the former, working remotely means more productive teams.  For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one’s environment.  Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that.”
--Penelope Trunk, author of Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success

"The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it's an everyday reality. Remote is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond."
--Todd Henry, author of The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice
 
Remote shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible--this book is your ticket to real freedom!”
--John Jantsch, author of Duct Tape Marketing: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide

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The “work from home” phenomenon is thoroughly explored in this illuminating new book from bestselling 37signals founders Fried and Hansson, who point to the surging trend of employees working from home (and anywhere else) and explain the challenges and unexpected benefits.  Most important, they show why – with a few controversial exceptions such as Yahoo -- more businesses will want to promote this new model of getting things done.

The Industrial Revolution's "under one roof" model of conducting work is steadily declining owing to technology that is rapidly creating virtual workspaces and allowing workers to provide their vital contribution without physically clustering together.  Today, the new paradigm is "move work to the workers, rather than workers to the workplace."  According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this trend.  A full 60% wish they had a flexible work option. But companies see advantages too in the way remote work increases their talent pool, reduces turnover, lessens their real estate footprint, and improves the ability to conduct business across multiple time zones, to name just a few advantages.  In Remote, inconoclastic authors Fried and Hansson will convince readers that letting all or part of work teams function remotely is a great idea--and they're going to show precisely how a remote work setup can be accomplished.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10509 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0ALZ0W
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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I have developed software in various software teams as a remote worker or with remote workers over the last number of years and reading this book brought back a lot of memories of things gone right and wrong.

I thought the book was fantastic. For me, they highlighted a lot of the advantages and pitfalls of working at home. They presented plausible mitigation strategies for the risks of remote working, some of which I have tried, and some which I would like to try. The tool set they use for remote working is plausibly quite good. One pleasant epiphany was the assertion that remote workers need to be good writers. (The 37Signals folks have stressed this for many years in books & blogs). Upon reflection, it logically follows that if you have a weakened audio and visual communication channel from remote working, you need to mitigate it with consistently clear and effective writing. And my experience tells me that a lot of software developers and managers do not communicate clearly in writing.

There are two big things missing in the book. The first one is a good treatise on trust. From my experience, assessing, building, and maintaining trust is hard enough when you work at the same office, but it is even more difficult when working remotely. They gave some solid advice on how to hire more trustworthy people, but didn't say much more than "the work speaks for itself" for maintaining trust. And they completely ignored the trust deficits which happen when a remote employee is training up to a required skill level for a particular subset of skills.

As a software developer, programming in pairs or groups is often very effective, but remote programming is difficult in pairs or groups.
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I love the idea of working remote and I agree with many of the discussions in the book.
But, some ideas are repeated over and over and it can be boring to some how, specially if you read it after their master piece, rework.

Also, I had some arguments about paying equal to people in different countries/cities. I have sent an Email to dhh (second author of the book), and he respond in hours (in weekend).
Although, I didn't get completely convinced with his answer, but I got surprised with his care about the readers.
In general, great book, great idea.

To author:
You have a tip in your book "rework", that asking people to remove extras from their work. I guess you need to apply this tip to Remote, and make it more efficient :)
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The book presents a convincing argument as to the effectiveness of remote working and how it must be built into a company's culture.

One thing I want to note is that while the book focuses on information workers and creative technology workers, it still applies if you work in a bureaucracy or are a sales person or account manager or doing just about anything else that requires a computer, a phone and some documents. In fact, there are thousands of corporations that use outsourcing services (for high and low level tasks) and they're never picky about the outsourcing firm working wherever they like. Isn't it about time that started applying to in-house employees?
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While not as revolutionary as Rework, this book contains practical tips you, the tech company owner, can implement right away. It dispels many myths that argue against remote work. One powerful example the book presented in favor of remote work is the open source movement which has been only successful because of its dependence on brains working across different continents with different time zones. I will be writing a more complete review for a tech blog very soon.
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People who are already sold to teleworking will love this book. People who disagree with teleworking will find almost nothing in this book to change their opinion.

I found that this book is not as good as "Rework". Another thing that bother me is that he authors often refer to their own products (BaseCamp and al) as solutions to various obstacles to telecommuting... So much that sometime it feels like watching an infomercial...
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