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Remote: Office Not Required Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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About the Author
JASON FRIED is the founder of 37signals, a privately held web-based software development company and the co-author of the international bestseller Rework. His motto is, ‘It's simple until you make it complicated’.
DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON is the creator of Ruby on Rails, an open-source web framework on which hundreds of thousands of web applications have been built – including Twitter. He is also Fried’s business partner at 37signals and co-author of Rework.
37 SIGNALS is internationally renowned for its innovative web products, including Basecamp, Highrise and Campfire. Founded in 1999, 37signals has grown into a multi-million dollar company with over three million loyal customers. The company, based in Chicago, has been profiled in the Guardian, Time, Wired and Business Week.
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Now, armed with great observations, case studies and arguments on why we really are in an office every day and how working away from it can work, I can be more persuasive when talking to new clients.
Their opening statement about the office not being the place people say they go to work is spot on. Commuting is a drag, it's miserable and it's only going to get worse. Remote working is the way forward.
- It felt a bit like a long moan
- It didn't feel like a book I could return to and dip into (though I will), especially in comparison to REWORK
- It's far from disruptive, and it does feel stale
I liked the book, I love 37Signals, but I was really expecting something better. I hope they write another book, they have a good format and I love their ethos/approach. I'm excited by 37Signals and the impact they are having - and it makes me excited about the way the teams I'm a part of work
It would have been great to see more content on how they work remotely - whereas I actually think Lean UX is a better indication of how to work remotely, and still be productive and collaborative when designing, or planning sprints etc.
The book does put the case well for remote working, but don't expect the same 'aha' moments that came with Rework.
The book focuses on this single topic and puts a balanced argument forward for how and when it can be made to work. Its not a 'silver bullet' solution and I can see that applying these ideas in a mid/large size organization will need significant effort and determination - and needs to be weighed up against the other day to day challenges that face everyone in a 'normal' office.