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Rework [ REWORK BY Fried, Jason ( Author ) Mar-09-2010[ REWORK [ REWORK BY FRIED, JASON ( AUTHOR ) MAR-09-2010 ] By Fried, Jason ( Author )Mar-09-2010 Hardcover Hardcover – 9 Mar 2010

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Crown Business (9 Mar. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0053UQ8F8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,262,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rework The perfect playbook for anyone who's ever dreamed of doing it on their own. Hardcore entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and people stuck in day jobs who want to get out will all find valuable inspiration and guidance in these pages. It's time to rework work.


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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lloyd Gordon on 4 Jun. 2010
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I want to like this book more than I actually do.

I want to like it because I agree with much of what the authors are trying to achieve. Or, at least, what I think they're trying to achieve.

The book sets out to challenge many of the assumptions we make about the world of work and commerce. And how we spend our time and structure our activities.

The authors make lots of good points about how inefficient and bureaucratic work often is. They draw your attention to the often bizarre characteristics of workplaces and offer ways in which it could all be different.

This is the sort of 'stuff' that I like.

Like most people, I've worked in several dysfunctional organisations. Like families, organisations (in either the public or private sector) do things that don't make much sense. But they do them because, 'we've always done it this way' e.g. 3 hour meetings where many attend just because they've got to be seen to be attending!

Rework then, sets out to offer us all an alternative.

Fine.

But as a book, Rework failed for me.

I found the short (often very short) chapters, well, just too short. Arguments that needed further development were - I felt - left in mid-air, underdeveloped and under explored.

At times, the book felt like a loose collection of odd ramblings with no concrete structure upon which to pull concepts together.

Many of the suggestions would possibly work in smaller organisations but would cause real problems if you tried to apply them in bigger, more bureaucratic settings.

In conclusion, I highly commend the authors for trying to challenge how the world works. Things do really need to be re-worked. But so does, unfortunately, this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Nov. 2010
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Just Another Self-Help Book?

A big resounding No! A brilliant book that aims to "Change the Way You Work Forever" by imparting cute sound bites, words of wisdom and short advice pieces from the Basecamp creators (the project management software company).

This book really does give an insight into how a modern small business can compete with the big brands and how owners can operate a business in an innovative, cost effective, common sense and dare I say it, fun way.

I wish I'd pick up this book eight years ago when starting Arras People; I'm happy to say that a lot of what is covered in Rework actually does ring true and the different approaches to creating and managing a business that are available in this book, if you just open your mind a little, are actually very achievable. In fact I feel happy that Arras runs in a similar way and I've definitely made a note of some other things I've not thought about before.

It's a book that delivers straight down the line; it's neat, to the point, laid back in its use of language, quite pop culture in its references and takes about two hours to read. In fact, now the government want to do away with Business Link, the government business quango, they'll do well just to hand out a copy of this book to any new start ups.

The book has several chapters focused on different parts of business; starting up, making progress, productivity, hiring etc. Within each chapter there is a page of advice - written in a laid back, chatty style.

There is one concern I have; would a new business start up buy this book? It's a difficult one, most businesses in the early days are driven, passionate, keen to crack on and make the first million.
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98 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Mark Harrison on 16 Mar. 2010
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If you've used any of the 37signals software products, you'll understand why the authors have an awful lot of credibility to write a book about running a small company.

ReWork sets out their vision of what has worked for them, getting from day one, to turning over millions of dollars, and having hundreds of thousands of customers.

The book is short, simple, and concentrates on the basics, rather than going into hundreds of pages of detail and case studies. This isn't, after all, an academic treatise needing lots of evidence... nor, however, is it an autobiography. Instead, it's a straightforward set of views about what they found works for them.

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone thinking of setting up their own business.

My only criticism of the book is that, while it has a wider scope than their first book - "Getting Real" - much of the material appears to be lifted directly. Getting Real was about running coding teams, this is about running the wider businesses. I'd NOT read Getting Real before - I ordered the two together, and read them back to back - this wasn't particularly worth doing. Read this one, and skip the older tome.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By richerthanthou on 4 Oct. 2010
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This book is generally viewed as "brilliant", "awesome" etc.

It's OK. It's very short, more of a collection of tidbits than an actual structured argument .. and while there are some useful things in there it's not as revolutionary as some people seem to think.

It's an OK book .. probably better than OK .. but I think most of the praise comes because it's from the guys behind Ruby on Rails / Basecamp .. rather than because the book itself. Also, I can't help noticing that a lot of the people who say it's amazing don't actually seem to have run businesses .. so what might seem an amazing insight to them might just be "quite interesting" to a more experienced hand.
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