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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Vermilion (31 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091954673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091954673
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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Praise for the authors' first book "Rework"
""Rework" is brilliant...It's fantastic. If you are starting a business, or thinking about starting a business, or running a business, or breathing air, this is a book you should read." --Brad Field, "MIT Technology Review"
""Rework" takes aim at marketing, hiring, and other disciplines associated with building a business as if they were bottles lined up against a wall. Then it blows them away...Fried and Hansson are the Henry David Thoreaus of entrepreneurship." --Leigh Buchanan, "Inc. Magazine"
""Rework" is a Webby manifesto for post-recession success. Forget about strategic planning, [the authors] advise. And ignore your competition--unless you feel like picking a public fight." --Nick Summers, "Newsweek"
"I want to buy a copy for everyone I know either to validate their current business practices or to expose them to alternative ways of doing things." --Alexis Rodich, "Washington Post"
"This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time...Stop reading the review...Buy the book"--Seth Godin, Guest Review, Amazon
"Read this book multiple times to help give you the courage you need to get out there and make something great." -- Tony Hsieh, CEO, Zappos.com
"Stripped of all big words and fancy strategies, "Rework"'s collection of short, inspiring essays advocates a 'less is more' approach to starting your own business, handing out tips on increasing productivity and debunking myths in business. And based on the success of 37Signals, it looks like their advice is worth holding onto." --Sheryl Sulistiawan, "Fast Company"
"An "Elements of Style" for building profitable businesses in a web-savvy world. Each chapter is two to five pages long and delivers [the authors'] tactics and principles fat-free, without fluff." --Tim Ferriss, Fourhourworkweek.com
"Shinese

""Remote" is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, "Remote "is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of""Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"
" "
"What you'll find in "Remote "is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read."
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
"
"Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life."
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life"
" "
"In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion."
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for "Wired "Magazine and author of "What Technology Wants"
" "
"Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, "Remote "offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords)."
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of "Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Busin

"The authors review the pros and cons of telecommuting, suggest ideas to enhance efficiency, and tools to optimize output and build a collaborative spirit....easy to digest [and] useful ideas that are worth checking out."
--Success Magazine
"Presents powerful arguments...the book is an eye opener to the endless benefits that come with remote work...a worthwhile investment of your times and money."
--Tech Vibes
""Remote" is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, "Remote "is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of""Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"
" "
"What you'll find in "Remote "is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read."
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of "Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
"
"Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life."
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life"
" "
"In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion."
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for "Wired "Magazine and author of "What Technology Wants"
" "
"Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, "Remote "offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords)."
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of "Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today's Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves"
"Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free--free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!"
--James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of "Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation"
"Just like we couldn't imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970's, some companies still believe that they can't get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers."
--Pamela Slim, author of "Escape from Cubicle Nation"
" "
"Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker. For the former, working remotely means more productive teams. For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one's environment. Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that."
--Penelope Trunk, author of "Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success"
"The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it's an everyday reality. "Remote" is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond."
--Todd Henry, author of "The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice"
" "
""Remote" shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible--this book is your ticket to real freedom!"
--John Jantsch, author of "Duct Tape Marketing: The World's Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide"

The authors review the pros and cons of telecommuting, suggest ideas to enhance efficiency, and tools to optimize output and build a collaborative spirit .easy to digest [and] useful ideas that are worth checking out.
--Success Magazine
Presents powerful arguments the book is an eye opener to the endless benefits that come with remote work...a worthwhile investment of your times and money.
--Tech Vibes
""Remote" is the book that 21st century business leaders have been waiting for: a paradigm-smashing, compulsively readable case for a radically remote workplace. If you're intrigued by extreme teleworking, but have your doubts, "Remote "is the place to address them. Not a day goes by that I don't think about, talk about, and actually apply the insights in this game-changing book."
--Susan Cain, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Quiet: The Power of" "Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking"
""
"What you'll find in "Remote "is profound advice from guys who've succeeded in the virtual workforce arena. This is a manifesto for discarding stifling location- and time-based organizational habits in favor of best work practices for our brave new virtual and global world. If your organization entrusts you with the responsibility to get things done, this is a must-read.
--David Allen, internationally best-selling author of"Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
"
Remote is the way I work and live. Now I know why. If you work in an office, you need to read this remarkable book, and change your life.
--Richard Florida, author of the national bestseller "The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life"
""
In the near future, everyone will work remotely, including those sitting across from you. You'll need this farsighted book to prepare for this inversion.
--Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick for "Wired "Magazine and author of "What Technology Wants"
""
Leave your office at the office. Lose the soul-sapping commutes. Jettison the workplace veal chambers and banish cookie-cutter corporate culture. Smart, convincing and prescriptive, "Remote "offers a radically more productive and satisfying office-less future, better for all (well, except commercial landlords).
--Adam L. Penenberg, author of "Viral Loop: From Facebook to Twitter, How Today s Smartest Businesses Grow Themselves"
Fried and Hansson show how remote working sets people free--free from drudgery and free to unleash unprecedented creativity and productivity. This workday disruption is necessary if we want to use our new digital tools to full effect. The first gift copy I buy will be for my boss!
--James McQuivey, PhD, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, and author of "Digital Disruption: Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation"
"Just like we couldn't imagine a cell phone smaller than a toaster in the 1970 s, some companies still believe that they can't get great performance from their employees unless they show up at an office. Virtual work is the wave of the future, and Jason and David do a brilliant job of teaching best practices for both employees and employers."
--Pamela Slim, author of "Escape from Cubicle Nation"
""
Jason and David convincingly argue the merits of remote work, both from the perspective of manager and of worker. For the former, working remotely means more productive teams. For the latter, there is the ultimate luxury: control over one s environment. Remote work gives you the power to craft your own life, and this book is a roadmap to get that.
--Penelope Trunk, author of "Brazen Careerist: The New Rules for Success"
"The decentralization of the workplace is no longer fodder for futurists, it's an everyday reality. "Remote" is an insight-packed playbook for thriving in the coming decade and beyond."
--Todd Henry, author of "The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment s Notice"
""
"Remote" shows you how to remove the final barrier to doing the work you were meant to do, with the people you were meant to do it with, in the most rewarding and profitable way possible--this book is your ticket to real freedom!
--John Jantsch, author of "Duct Tape Marketing: The World s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Great talent and the best companies are difficult to find – and it’s only getting harder. It’s time to stop letting geography prevent you from finding or joining them. Remote working is the future and this book shows you how you do it.

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When I was hired for a role that required me to work from home I was concerned about coping with such a change and so turned to the internet for advice. This book was recommended to me a few times and so I decided buy it.

It covered the subject of remote working very broadly. It covers the subject from both the side of the employee, the manager and the company so only maybe 3 chapters were of much use and those chapters but a few short pages long with most of the advice offered being pretty much common sense rather than anything groundbreaking.

There was also quite a bit of self-promoting trumpet blowing about how amazing the writers company is that was rather off-putting.

It did have a few useful pointers which is why it is getting 3 stars, but I was underwhelmed and disappointed.
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I run a tech team within a software business. We operate remotely so thought this book could offer some guidance on best practice etc. Despite the credentials and undoubted experience of the authors, the book seems to amount to a statement of common-sense. It needed to tackle more of the edge cases like how to tackle disciplinary issues in a remote environment. It's valuable only if you really have no clue about remote working and can't even imagine how it should be done. Hence 2 stars only.
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Much more of a manifesto than a radical how to guide than 37signals previous books, I was a bit disappointed. As a remote worker myself, I didn't find much that was new and/or didn't fit into the common sense category. I guess that's reassuring in a way and perhaps this is a topic for which there's not much to say.

If you are an aspiring remote worker, or a manager of an aspiring remote worker, this is well worth picking up as a quick 101 guide although you could probably work out most of it yourself. I'd also say that the recommendations of software/services are unlikely to satisfy bosses at anything other than small enterprises (document sharing, for example = Dropbox/SkyDrive or Google Docs).

Already a remote worker? There's not much to see here unfortunately - but it's an engaging read.
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A useful book, to the point that I will order a copy myself after reading a chunk of a borrowed one. However, my main gripe with the tools presented is the inclusion if ibstand messenger apps such as Jabber. These, from my own numerous experiences, are a major source of the "interruption factory" old school culture that prevents people from working effectively and deeply. They are equivalent to people walking up to your desk, shouting across the office OE having a conversation next to you, and a primary source of interruption for anyone who thinks for a living. Just a text version of the telephone. This major criticism aside (and it's a big one as I respect Friend's works, and was mortified that he'd missed this), this is a useful book for those considering taking the leap or improving their current remote working.
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I think the best advice regarding remote work these days can come from someone who is already doing it. And the authors of this book certainly fit that description. This book is mainly intended for those considering remote work, or those in the early stages (like me) looking for a broader perspective. It's a very light read with short and concise chapters and simple language. It is clearly in favour of remote work so one would have to look at a different book or one's own experience for the downsides of remote work depending on how different one's situation is from that described in the book.
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- My expectations were set really high (thanks to everything else they have produced)
- 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.
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37 Signals write about what it all means and the issues that arise.

Once you are working with people in different offices remote working is no different. The tools and issues are the same. Add in time-zone fun and it's even more compelling.

If I have a phone with office email and Skype I can do lots of things in a cafe and skip a commute. 7am call needed? No problem. Set the alarm for 6:45.

If I need to work late, no problem. Take the kids to the park, come back, shut the office door and fire up the PC.
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I loved this book! I've worked remotely before as a freelancer but most of my clients still insist I commute to their office. I didn't have the arguments to counter this attitude until I read this book.

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.
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