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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Harrison on 16 Mar. 2010
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Had the authors not just published "ReWork", then I would have given this 5 stars.

However, having just read the two books back-to-back, I would say that "ReWork" includes pretty much all the key points from Getting Real, plus more material.

If you've not read ReWork, buy it instead of this one.

If you have just read ReWork, don't particularly expect to learn additional things from Getting Real.
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As many readers after reading "Rework" from the 37signals (J. Fried, H. D. Hansson and M. Linderman), I was eager to read their previously published book "Getting Real".

In general, "Getting Real" is also inspiring read but because it was published earlier some familiar things can be found, which were repeated in "Rework".

True to their own philosophy, the book is really short, can be read in 2 hours maximum and it's divided into short chapters. Through the entire book the authors supplemented the book with other people experience which reinforce the view and point they are trying to make.

"Getting Real" is about doing things, making things happen rather than talking about taking action or waiting something to happen. In their view no one should write documents about what is planned to be done, you should start doing things and learn in the process while you do it. One of the key points of risk management in their view is that many of the problems anticipated will not happen at all. Their solving problems philosophy is doing things just in time, do not worry about problems that didn't and probably won't happen in the future.

The book is mostly oriented towards software industry, specifically web products which are 37signals company home ground, including almost all aspects of getting a web application to become real thing - design, coding, selecting features, promoting and many more.

The only drawback for me was the order in which I read 37signals books, because if you first read "Rework" some familiar parts, even chapters can be found.

I recommend reading "Getting Real" for same reason as their other book - reader would see value of few spent hours due to perceived views about different way of making business which should be considered.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Saunders on 6 Aug. 2010
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So this is just a tipoff -- don't buy Getting Real if you already have read and own Rework.

I love Rework, I've read it 2.5 times and I'm telling my friends about it .... so it was disappointing to find that Getting Real is basically the older version of the same book.

So keep reading and using Rework - but save your money

PS ... if you're trying to decide which is better ... then buy Rework
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Was recommended this book by a friend who actually presented on the concepts at a conference. It's inspired me to say the least - Jason Fried has put into words all of the things I've always wanted to say and have believed deep down. I just thought I was the only one!

It's inspired me so much, our next web venture is being built on these principles.

If you'd like to see this venture unfolding - we've decided to write an online diary of our experiences from first dinner (to our first million?)...

Search for it "watch us getting real" in quotes in Google and you'll find it.

If you're even half considering setting up a business (online or otherwise) - buying this book will be the best money you'll ever spend.

Mark.
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This book will only take you half a day to read, but it is half a day of your life that is worth investing. If you are building and distributing web applications, then this book is a bible of what you should and shouldn't do. It is all too common to get dragged down into the rich feature set on version 1 of your application and this book, amongst other things, guides you down the righteous path of saying no to feature bloat.

I will be going back to this book time and time again, not only because it is such an easy read, but because it is so relevant to the programming world I work in.
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