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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: 37signals (18 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578012812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578012810
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Dec 2013
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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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4 of 5 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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When I read it several years ago, it definitely influenced the way I work.

By the way, you can get the PDF version of it for free, by joining the *37signals's mailing list. Just Google "37signals getting real" or something similar, and you'll find the book's landing page.

*although they now call themselves "Basecamp", the book's landing page still calls them 37signals
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It has about 7 years old, i think, but it fits perfectly the current times.
Very nice book for startup web developers.
Very easy to read.
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