Rework

Rework

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ISBN-13: 9780307463746
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/09/2010
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 62,190
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Jason Fried is the cofounder and president of Basecamp (formerly 37signals), a privately held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. With David Heinemeier Hansson, Fried is the coauthor of Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application; Remote: Office Not Required; and the New York Times bestseller Rework.

David Heinemeier Hansson is a partner at Basecamp (formerly 37signals), a privately held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based tools possible with the least number of features necessary. With Jason Fried, Hansson is the coauthor of Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application; Remote: Office Not Required; and the New York Times bestseller Rework.

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They say you can’t possibly compete with the big boys without a hefty marketing and advertising budget. They say you can’t succeed by building products that do less than your competition’s. They say you can’t make it all up as you go. But that’s exactly what we’ve done.
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Rework 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 223 reviews.
Rob More than 1 year ago
Rework offers honest insight into the ways 37signals stays successful. The advice is practical and the writing style is clear and concise. You may not be able to completely remodel your business to adapt to their suggestions, but there are plenty of "Ah hah!" moments. The book is bursting with examples on how to save time, raise morale, and keep your business healthy. While some ideas seem unconventional like "fire the workaholics", throwing out resumes, and under-doing the competition, as you read the explanations you can clearly see the value of their unique approaches to common problems businesses face. The book is a quick read and full of useful suggestions.
Kurokun More than 1 year ago
I work at a BIG MULTINATIONAL... and all the waste and slowness this book preaches to avoid, we have it just as this book describes. More than that they offer practices and ways to think about things related to making a living in software and succeed. However, it is NOT ABOUT BEING B-I-G. It is about being able to make a good living and get on with your life. More than that, things they discuss in the book I have even seen doing a little micro business. Where the micro business does some parts right it matches the book's dos. Then there are some things done wrong, and they match the book's don'ts. Perhaps something I love most is their harsh criticism of false heroics and a$$ in seat culture where we all "work" overtime. Yeah, there are times you do some real OT 'cause you are hot on the trail. However if you are always driving at 80%+ you won't have slack needed when disaster hits. They take on these hero myths and tear then down for the junk they are. If you are a modern, well read developer who has a dream of being their own boss some day, or just finding a way to wage some healthy culture war against stupidity at your current job... read this book. It will fire you up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I've listened to it too many times to count and I've only had it for a couple of days. I did get the audiobook, but I would recommend either option because of its impact. It will help anyone looking to startup or reinvent the wheel. They approach everything "against the grain". This new way of thinking has changed the way I look to start my business and again I can't stop saying good things about it. It's a must read if you really want to get the ball rolling with any new startup.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel very different from the other reviews. I thought many of the ideas in this book were common sense. If there were any unique and inspiring ideas, the author sped through everything so quickly, as if it were impossible to expand on an idea. In short, I feel like I just read an outline of an aspiring business major.
Li_Min_Ho More than 1 year ago
Re-Work is all the stuff that you don't learn in business school that you might only learn in the real world through experience if you don't read this book. It's short and quick, but that's hardly a negative thing: they don't waste words telling you how to take a stand, avoid over-hiring, find the right people, avoid overloading your product, and grow your business. I read it in two days and i plan to re-read it to really internalize it because it's a great business book. It's so simple and straight-forward that you'd have never thought of all this. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a down-to-earth, informal account of what it is to run a world class business with a small business mentality. This eBook explores how to kick-start your own business, the perks and perils of being your own boss, when and how to grow your business, and the importance of having a grounded view of success. If you are about to embark on your own business, particularly an online business, this book will give you a new found persepective on what it means to be an entrepreneur, while avoiding the hardcore business jargon. A really great read - especially on your iPad!
James_Garton More than 1 year ago
Rework is about reworking you. This book will change your thinking, your goals, your outlook, the way you operate, and most of all this book will change your income. Forget what you learned in seminars and business school. Every reader will get an education in reality, and what it takes to be a success.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not good. I found that it just barely skimmed the surface of what I thought it would be about. I expected it to go into more depth. This is due partly to it's length [Barnes & Noble -- why do you list this book as 280 pages??] -- which is under 100 pages. Many of these are empty and devoid of text. I'm extremely annoyed that I paid $12.99 for this -- it should be have been $2.99.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good - though not deep - explanation of a new paradigm for businesses. Based on the authors' experiences in their own business, it offers ideas I wish more companies would apply in order to be able to be more flexible and responsive.
MHajri More than 1 year ago
I have already listened it 2 times.The truly companion for my business.One of the best wisdom I have ever got in recent years-Just in time for modern times.
Brian Allen More than 1 year ago
Though I found some topics were over simplifed I found the book spot on. Many of the ideas expessed in the book I could closely relate to as I felt the sameway.
TuneCloud More than 1 year ago
As founder of TuneCloud.fm, to read fellow Chicago entrepeneurs smashing the classic approach to building and running a business is very refreshing. Rework the book is as concise and to the point as the philosophy. Build, release early, iterate often. Loved it.
cjtoomey on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Although I enjoy the fundamental ideas behind this book (and in general, 37signals), I found the book to be extremely lacking. Each section felt like a short, half baked rephrasing of the general idea. In addition, the majority of the concepts were presented in a bare bones abstract manner, without examples or value add clarification. Not recommended (although in blog form, ie their blog, it is pretty good).
paulsignorelli on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Rework is a book very much of its moment as those preferring Web 2.0-style collaborations and those who feel territorial about everything they produce attempt to find common ground. The writers suggest that we avoid the complexities and turf wars which so often hold many of us back from achievements we might otherwise produce if we were not trying to do too much, trying to recreate what others are doing rather than pursuing our own vision on behalf of those we serve, and allowing ourselves to "obsess over tools instead of what [we]'re going to do with those tools" (p. 87). They take a light and playful approach: the simple graphics which are interspersed with the text throughout the book keep readers moving from page to page. The use of the graphics and the stylistic device of providing short sections on dozens of interrelated themes--most pieces are no longer than a tightly written blog posting and have the same sense of informality--make the book a pleasure to peruse and easy to absorb. It is not the content that is revolutionary here. Reminders to improvise (pp. 18-20), produce something tangible rather than engaging in endless discussions about producing something tangible (pp. 33-45), undertake a few achievable projects rather than trying to do pursue every possibility and ending up completing none (p. 83), ask what problems we are solving through our undertakings (p. 100), and learn by doing rather than always trying to duplicate what others have accomplished (pp. 134-136) simply take us back to basics we should already know but all too often set aside in a frenzy of trying to respond to all constituents without serving any of them effectively. Which, of course, makes the time spent with Rework tremendously worthwhile.
adriancho on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I totally agree with the general intent of the book's themes but I found this to be only a mildly thought-provoking but mostly dangerous book if not taken with a grain of salt.
tkadlec on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Great book full of short, practical, sometimes controversial, essays about how to successfully run a business.
pmtracy on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I need to start with a disclaimer; I¿m a 37signals fanatic. I spend at least a few hours each day using Basecamp and I use a family level Backpack account for personal use. Both save me time and help keep me organized at work and home. The products that 37signals turns out are simple, clean and get the job done.REWORK is just like any other 37signals product. It¿s not a long book, but the authors make their points clearly and succinctly by cutting out any unnecessary filler. Being in the software industry, I could relate directly to most of what Fried and Hansson were relating from their experiences. I kept thinking ¿We should do things the same way!¿ or ¿Wow, someone else has the same attitude.¿ As I read REWORK, I started tagging pages that had passages that I wanted to remember. When I was done, I realized almost every page had something marked. The book is simply that full of usable information.There was one piece of advice with which I don¿t agree. In the section titled ¿Don¿t Write it Down,¿ the authors recommend that you don¿t document or record your customers¿ issues. They believe that over time, if it¿s important enough to enough of your customers, then you¿re simply going to remember what needs to be done. If you don¿t remember it, it must not be important and you should just let unimportant things fall away.The theme of deciding what is or is not important is carried throughout the book. One section that spoke directly to me was titled ¿Decisions are Temporary.¿ I tend to be an analytical person and I think through the possible results of my decisions. At 37signals, they believe we worry about too many things that never happen anyway. If you make a decision, there are very few that can¿t be remade later if something doesn¿t work. I don¿t think they¿re advocating thoughtless decisions, but instead saying that analysis shouldn¿t lead to paralysis.Overall, REWORK is an excellent business book. Regardless of your industry, everyone will find one or two points of value. I¿m going to start passing it around my office so we can benefit as a group.
bookworx on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Important Ideas to take to heart that seemed to get crumpled up into "opposite day" at times. Channeling their inner 60's by way of personal manifesto. Meaningful affirmations of the importance of being human, respecting your relationships and considering your footprint. I agree with most of their philosophy, if not their techniques, and hope any honest individual would as well (could have gone with a close up of a Nerf dart on the cover). Pick & choose your points and put them on a Postit note. I listened to this one, while I worked, and am more convinced than ever that books should always be read by their writer!
fakelvis on LibraryThing 24 days ago
An inspirational book for those who have ever considered entrepreneurship or who currently own or work for an SME.At first it felt too inspirational with little substance. It felt too¿ Seth Godin. A good read, but ultimately pointless and substance-less. Inspirational for the sake of being inspirational and not offering tips that are practical enough to produce sustainable, long-term changes or thoughts.But then I continued reading.This is good!The book suddenly changed into an inspirational book with actionable suggestions. It discusses peer-reviewed studies that you can implement to become more creative. Offers real, practical advice on starting something on your own or making something that you are currently a part of work better than ever.Worth it. Each chapter is a page or two long. A quick read: one or two sittings.
chriszodrow on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Anyone who has plans, wants to create something, or needs some inspiration should read this book. If nothing else, a very fun read. Bureaucrats beware.
gmmoney on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This book is really nothing but a short list of business approaches, some new, some not so new.Because we have an existing framework for the internet, it's easier now to focus on the ends of creating a business, instead of the means, and this book addresses this new outlook. The advice is clear and to the point, but I can't help wondering if they could have just written a pamphlet with a bullet list of their ideas.There are some good ideas in the book, particularly in the second half, but having worked in different IT companies over the last ten years I didn't see anything really new to their approach. It would probably be a worthy read to people outside the industry still working on old business models, though.
jcbrunner on LibraryThing 24 days ago
An entertaining, short account of the management philosophy that drives 37signals, a software as a service company catering to artsy freelancers. Apart from knocking around too many straw-men, it fails as a management book due to the author's lack of self-awareness of their special case which does not lend itself as a template for general management advice.37signals serves the Apple customer segment, people who prefer to pay extra in order to not be exposed to the hassles of technology. The low price sensitivity of this segment makes it a very lucrative market, sheltered from most of the "internet is free" effect.The next difference is the type of service 37signals sells: It has a heavy lock-in effect with its preservation of the customer history and files. The authors make a lot of comparisons with bakeries and restaurants where this is not the case. What 37signals has in common with their examples is survivor bias. The low barriers to entry creates a never ending stream of entries and exits. Whether they were truly outstanding or just lucky can never be answered. This survivor bias vexes all Jim Collins books (and earlier the In Search of Excellence companies).Finally, 37signals is, in Charles Handy's terminology, an Athena company, a group of dedicated professionals. Much of the advice offered does not easily apply to other types. Calling your employees "associates" (as Wal-mart does) will only create a fake kind of equality. While learning to survive on the factory floor is helpful in disseminating corporate culture and understanding (and mandatory for example with BMW), the task differentiation in large companies demands specialists.The small is beautiful idea can work if you occupy a suitable ecological niche. It is a disastrous strategy to survive among elephants. If Rework were to be reworked, it might become more than a witty PR gag. Robert Townsend's Up the Organization is the better book(let).
Cygnus555 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Even though I am not a business person who is struggling to make his venture work (in fact I work for a major multi-national corporation), I still found much inspiration in this book. So much so that I plan to keep it on my desk to help me creatively navigate my job.
amymelniczenko on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I really enjoyed this business book. Lots of great ideas here. The book was easy to read, easy to understand and had a lot of great little nuggets that I'll be able to incorporate into my daily work. The content is unconventional but common sense. Really interesting concepts here.
JeffV on LibraryThing 24 days ago
The authors of ReWork run a small, software development company based in Chicago. Their meager staff of 16 is global, however. The book is about focusing on core competency and focusing on what you do best. They believe in targeted products with limited functionality -- the kitchen sink approach leads to escalating costs with little pay-off. This philosophy is applied to all other aspects of business too -- from hiring people of certain skill sets and ability, to marketing and PR functions. The authors also caution against over-expansion, particularly in the manner of increasing capacity to serve a single customer. Loss of that customer could result in rapid downsizing, and an anything that jeopardizing serving other existing customers attracted by your product and service could prove disastrous. Knowing when to let a customer go, in their opinion, is as important as attracting a new customer. ReWork contains sound advice for small companies that can succeed with a tight focus. Avoiding the growth of a corporate bureaucracy can help keep small (and perhaps mid-sized) companies more nimble and adaptable. By design, it prevents growth into large companies, however. It is sound advice for the many businesses that will never rise above small business, however. This is not an MBA-level business analysis, it's short and easily comprehended by those who might desire some business advice but lack a formal business background (but have salable business ideas or skills).