Rework

Rework

Most business books give you the same old advice: Write a business plan, study the competition, seek investors, yadda yadda. If you're looking for a book like that, put this one back on the shelf.Rework shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. Read it and you'll know why plans are actually harmful, why you don't need outside investors, and why you're...

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Title:Rework
Author:Jason Fried
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ISBN:0307463745
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:279 pages

Rework Reviews

  • Louise
    Mar 16, 2010

    Rework is quick and easy to read, which speaks to the philosophy the book is shilling: get things done -- which coincidentally speaks to me.

    Nothing in this book can be learned that can't be learned from the Signal vs. Noise blog from 37signals. That doesn't mean this book is unnecessary. On the contrary, it's handy to have a collection of business tips and anecdotes bound in one neat little volume.

    This was my first business book and I think I got off pretty easy. There was a minimum of douchery

    Rework is quick and easy to read, which speaks to the philosophy the book is shilling: get things done -- which coincidentally speaks to me.

    Nothing in this book can be learned that can't be learned from the Signal vs. Noise blog from 37signals. That doesn't mean this book is unnecessary. On the contrary, it's handy to have a collection of business tips and anecdotes bound in one neat little volume.

    This was my first business book and I think I got off pretty easy. There was a minimum of douchery in each page and a lot of tidbits that inspired me to get going on my side-project, which had been sitting around for months. The book's not just for aspiring CEOs and business owners. It's also for developers, marketing people, accountants, pretty much anyone who wants to get things done in an efficient manner.

    Best white elephant steal ever!

  • Janet Richards
    Mar 25, 2010

    This is another book I can't put down. Nothing in this book is earth-shattering or amazing. It's the little things you have suspected to be true - but someone who makes more money than you tells you is not true. It's what you say to your friends over lunch. It's support for being feisty in work and in life. I'm highlighting a sentence in almost every chapter that I want to remember. Again - not because I don't know it - but because I don't want to forget it. And I don't want to fool myself that

    This is another book I can't put down. Nothing in this book is earth-shattering or amazing. It's the little things you have suspected to be true - but someone who makes more money than you tells you is not true. It's what you say to your friends over lunch. It's support for being feisty in work and in life. I'm highlighting a sentence in almost every chapter that I want to remember. Again - not because I don't know it - but because I don't want to forget it. And I don't want to fool myself that it's not true just because another business book says the opposite.

  • Arjen
    Jun 04, 2010

    Don't read this book. It is full of obvious stuff that I basically agree with but the writing style and argumentation are beyond annoying.

    The pattern is as follows: "Lot's of people say you can't do X. But look at us! We did X, so it is possible". For me that reads as: "Lot's of people say you shouldn't base your life's path on winning the lottery. But look at me! I won the lottery, so it is possible".

    Spend your 10 euros on drugs or hookers or alcohol and have some fun in life.

  • Amr
    Aug 08, 2010

    The feeling I got when I read the praise of the book in the first few pages was "This book is over-praised". When I finished it, I still have the same feeling.

    Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you're gonna challenge the foundations of doing business, you gotta back it up with something more that "That's how we did it, and it worked for us".

    The book makes a great case against all the elements of doing business (planning, raising capital, meeting, communication, workplace, organizing, etc.)

    The feeling I got when I read the praise of the book in the first few pages was "This book is over-praised". When I finished it, I still have the same feeling.

    Maybe it's just me, but I think that if you're gonna challenge the foundations of doing business, you gotta back it up with something more that "That's how we did it, and it worked for us".

    The book makes a great case against all the elements of doing business (planning, raising capital, meeting, communication, workplace, organizing, etc.) but it doesn't offer strong alternative and it certainly doesn't make a strong case for the alternative that it's offering. Some of the criticism is just ridicules like Don't make long term plan and Stop calling yourself an entrepreneur, call yourself a starter. Who cares?

    A lot of the criticism is filled with ".. that doesn't mean you should do away with this item, because it's still important..". If it's still important then why come out against it like it's some kind of a disease.

    Other criticism falls under the category of a clever argument rather than a logical one, like "Learning from mistakes is overrated", you should instead learn from your successes. Well, what if I'm just starting and all I have is my first failure??

    Some ideas are just confusing.

    On page 159:

    "And of course, you want all that right away. So you drop everything else you're working on and begin pursuing your latest, greatest idea.

    Bad move."

    And on the same page

    "So let your latest grand ideas cool off for a while first."

    On page 271:

    "Inspiration is like fresh fruit or milk: It has an expiration date.

    If you want to do something, you've got to do it now. You can't put it on a shelf and wait two months to get around it."

    (eyes wide open of amazement)

    The book offer some good idea when it comes to marketing and hiring and more importantly it offers you a chance to break out of business traditions that has been built over decades and now accepted as a given. The point you should be taken from the book is that you should break free from all these rules and follow only the ones you feel that they make sense but it doesn't make it that clear.

    One very important thing is the book audience. This book is NOT for people working in any industry. Most of the ideas of this book are more suited for digital industries (especially software) rather than more transitional industries. What is worse is that the book doesn't offer that distinction, it actually states very clearly that this book is for anyone who started a business, wants to start a business, or even working in a job they hate.

    To sum up, "Follow your heart" is good motivation to jump off the cliff of career security into the uncharted territories of starting a business, it might be helpful from time to time when making decisions but it's not a business strategy.

  • Book Calendar
    Sep 18, 2010

    Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson

    Jason Fried and David Hansson are the founders of 37 Signals which is a software development company. They have produced a number of different products including Ruby on Rails. They are contributors to the blog Signal Vs. Noise. 37 Signals was not founded on venture capital.

    The approach which is described in this book is contrary to many current business practices. The authors are describing a bootstrapping and self motivated style of business practice. The

    Rework by Jason Fried and David Hansson

    Jason Fried and David Hansson are the founders of 37 Signals which is a software development company. They have produced a number of different products including Ruby on Rails. They are contributors to the blog Signal Vs. Noise. 37 Signals was not founded on venture capital.

    The approach which is described in this book is contrary to many current business practices. The authors are describing a bootstrapping and self motivated style of business practice. They write against fast growth, venture capital, and forecasting. For them financial projections are just guesses.

    This does not mean that they are backward. The authors describe how it is possible with a laptop and very little money to start your own company. They describe how their company hires and works with people remotely on many software projects. They tell you that to start a company you do not need an office or fancy quaters. Your house or a garage will do.

    I like the ideas in this book. It fits well with my own personal style. I agree that working all night, having lots of meetings, and creating giant lists do not lead to being more productive. I also like the philosophy of doing it yourself as much as possible, and breaking large projects into small pieces.

    The layout of this book is very well done. Each section has a large black and white drawing with a saying next to it to begin the chapter. Some of the sayings are; "good enough is fine", "long lists don't get done," and "say no by default."

    The writing is plain language. There are very few business terms in the book. Jason Fried and David Hansson ask a lot of questions in the text. They also use short bulleted lists. Most of the paragraphs are fairly short. This makes for very fast easy to absorb reading. It is more of a book on a philosophy of business than a book of practice or case studies.

    The book does not have an index. There are not a lot of other companies cited. If you read this book, you might stop talking, roll up your sleeves, and start working.

  • Igor Tsinman
    Apr 29, 2011

    by Jason Fried это книга про то, как начать и продолжить маленький (но эффективный) бизнес.

    Я не пользуюсь продуктами 37signal и книги Getting Real мне хватило, чтобы понять их точку зрения, но на GR все как-то активно читают/читали Rework, вот и я решил почитать)))

    К этому времени Rework оценили

    49 френдов (очень высокая средняя оценка 4.52), хотя довольно прохладную рецензию написали только пятеро: Alex Suslin, Игорь Емельянов, Denis Evsyukov, Valia, Alex Ott, Viktor Zakharchenko.

    Пр

    by Jason Fried это книга про то, как начать и продолжить маленький (но эффективный) бизнес.

    Я не пользуюсь продуктами 37signal и книги Getting Real мне хватило, чтобы понять их точку зрения, но на GR все как-то активно читают/читали Rework, вот и я решил почитать)))

    К этому времени Rework оценили

    49 френдов (очень высокая средняя оценка 4.52), хотя довольно прохладную рецензию написали только пятеро: Alex Suslin, Игорь Емельянов, Denis Evsyukov, Valia, Alex Ott, Viktor Zakharchenko.

    Про восторженные отзывы англоговорящих товарищей позвольте умолчать. Я с ними бок о бок живу. У них обычно всё просто и быстро: миллионером за неделю, классные сиськи за $10К, т.е. стиль/стремление жизни - как

    обмануть жизнь, как срезать угол и т.д.

    (кроме одной главы). Написано в стиле "Для чайников: С++ за 14 дней". Хорошо, что книга небольшая (я прочел за вечер).

    Тем, кто все таки верит, что можно стать успешным (в данном случае вести успешный проект) быстро и просто, я рекомендую книгу (не менее известную чем Rework) Малкольма Гладуэлла

    Основная мысль книги "Гении и аутсайдеры":

    , данное правило справедливо для музыкантов, научных деятелей, бизнесменов, программистов и т.д. Правило 10 000 тысяч часов справедливо везде. Любителей от Гениев разделяют всего лишь 8000 часов работы над собой… Но это уже другая рецензия)))

    37 сигнальщиков пересказали (на свой лад) японскую теорию бережливого производства (

    ), заправили это принципами

    и поперчили немного

    (ом). При этом выдали на гора как авторское откровение (или мне показалось?) то, что наши японские братья (из Тойoты) претворили в жизнь ещё 60 лет назад.

    В софтверных проектах

    также известен больше 20 лет (все линки в конце этого поста).

    Так вот и возникает вопрос: а зачем (после Getting Real) делать кросс-пост из блога в новой книжке? Что собственно автор хотел сказать нового? Может PR? Может просто нравится сам процесс? Может быть автор под Джоэля Спольски решил закосить? Извините, но так и хочется сказать, что

    .

    0. Главы книги следуют чётко по плану/смыслу развития sw проекта.

    1.

    2. Автор пишет весело, просто, коротко (по-мне так чересчур).

    3. Ремейк Getting Real.

    4. Пример хорошего PR.

    И ваще достойные ребята из 37signal бодро несут знамя Lean со звёздочками

    !!!

    Я поставил троечку с минусом, во-первых, чтобы немного разбавить пятёрки. Во-вторых,

    (их книги и их продукты) и в этот раз (по-моему) они её не удержали.

    *) Для опытных/знающих Rework может быть как конспект. Кратенько по темам.

    *) Для начинающих это как маленький насос с адреналином/оптимизмом. Эдакий флюгер задающий направление на старте.

    Рекомендую пролистать, чтобы быть в курсе. А то в курилке

    программеры засмеют)))

    Линки на википедии:

  • Peyton
    Jun 09, 2011

    Good standard small business advice.

    Notes:

    Prioritize visually.

    Make tiny decisions.

    Do less. One downing not one updoing.

    Don't be a whore to our customers.

    build anaudeience

    Hold meetings at site of problem, not in meeting room. Invite as few as possible.

    Divide problems and projects into pieces small enough to easily estimate time and effort required.

    Make short lists to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

    Prioritize visually, with next task at top of list.

    Make attainable goals.

    Use tiny decisions to work th

    Good standard small business advice.

    Notes:

    Prioritize visually.

    Make tiny decisions.

    Do less. One downing not one updoing.

    Don't be a whore to our customers.

    build anaudeience

    Hold meetings at site of problem, not in meeting room. Invite as few as possible.

    Divide problems and projects into pieces small enough to easily estimate time and effort required.

    Make short lists to avoid feeling overwhelmed.

    Prioritize visually, with next task at top of list.

    Make attainable goals.

    Use tiny decisions to work through even large projects.

    Don't copy competitors.

    Decomodify your product.

    Pick a fight.

    Do less and be easier to use.

    Don't watch competitors. Create something new.

    Say no by default.

    Use the power of no to get your priorities straight.

    Be true to a type of customer rather than to specific customers.

    Don't confuse enthusiasm with priorities.

    Build an audience by teaching customers rather than paying for advertising.

    Be open about your processes, flaws and opinions. This will create more credibility than trying to appear perfect.

    Press releases are spam. Phone reporters. Cultivate bloggers and writers for trades rather than general publications.

    Use Freemium model.

    Everything is marketing.

    Hiring -- don't hire someone until you've tried to do the work yourself.

    Hire only as a last resort.

    Ignore resumes. Check cover letter. Look for 6 months+ experience, but after that the learning curve flattens.

    Hire managers of 1 -- self-directed people who can set their own goals and reach them without help.

    Hire great writers.

    Give applicants a brief assignment to see if they are a good fit.

    Damage control -- tell your customers when there's a problem. They will respect you more than if you try to hide it.

    Get back to people quickly. Value their time. Expect them to object to change.

    Good work environments result from trust, autonomy, privacy. Don't require approval. Send people home at five.

    Don't create policies because one person did something wrong once.

    Sound like you. Speak and write simply. Avoid jargon and buzz words.

    Don't imply ultimatums or demands by using words like need, must, can't, etc.

  • earthy
    Oct 21, 2012

    I appreciate anyone who's clever enough to suggest we entirely rethink how we conceive of work/business. Structurally, however, this book suffers from the same issues I've seen in a lot of blog-to-book deals: It reads like the authors basically cobbled together a bunch of blog posts and decided, voila! that makes a book.

    That does NOT make a book.

    The structure of a book, whether nonfiction or fiction, is DIFFERENT than a blog. The short, vaguely promising stuff you can stick in a blog post works

    I appreciate anyone who's clever enough to suggest we entirely rethink how we conceive of work/business. Structurally, however, this book suffers from the same issues I've seen in a lot of blog-to-book deals: It reads like the authors basically cobbled together a bunch of blog posts and decided, voila! that makes a book.

    That does NOT make a book.

    The structure of a book, whether nonfiction or fiction, is DIFFERENT than a blog. The short, vaguely promising stuff you can stick in a blog post works there because it's a short, easily readable medium. A book needs to be more juicy, more in-depth, otherwise why bother to make it into a book at all? (I know, I know, for the money--but isn't the point of this whole thing to create and promote products/services you've crafted with lots of thought and love, not just something you've shuffled together quickly because hey, all the cool kids are turning their blogs into book deals?)

    I definitely liked the energy and theme here, but I was annoyed by the slapdash way these blog posts were put together without any thought to going deeper into these issues.

  • Algirdas Raščius
    Nov 14, 2012

    This book is a great collection of ideas that will help you to succeed in business. Although presented ideas are based on common sense, some of them strongly disagree with current usual business practices. Still problem is with current business practices and not with presented ideas.

    Reading "Rework" can be great motivator for starting work smarter (rather than harder), seeking long-term sustainable business (rather than achieving better financial results for the current quarter) and really servi

    This book is a great collection of ideas that will help you to succeed in business. Although presented ideas are based on common sense, some of them strongly disagree with current usual business practices. Still problem is with current business practices and not with presented ideas.

    Reading "Rework" can be great motivator for starting work smarter (rather than harder), seeking long-term sustainable business (rather than achieving better financial results for the current quarter) and really serving customer needs (rather then trying to trick him into buying irrelevant product).

    There are two shortcomings of this book. First, a lot of ideas presented here are taken from another book by the same authors - "Getting Real". Therefore, if you have already read "Getting Real", reading some chapters in "Rework" will be deja vu experience. Second, if you work in "usual" company with no sufficient influence to change its business practices, reading this book can be a serious morale-killer.

    Anyway, I highly recommend reading this book to everybody (and especially to everybody running some business or thinking about starting one).

  • Darth J
    Apr 01, 2013

    Review also posted on

    .

    Is "Rework" worth it?

    Let me work it

    I put my thing down

    Flip it and reverse it

    - Maya Angelou