on 23 August 2009
This is enjoyable and well written book. Many of the things described are familiar in the sense of 'oh, that's just like in our office (or in Dilbert)'. Never the less I feel that this is not timeless classical text book which will inspire readers after forty years. There is two reasons for that.
First of all the book is a bit ethnocentric. Author does acknowledge this himself. The material is from silicon valley with a view point being solely that. Not everything what is in this book will apply to culture and environment elsewhere. Secondly I found it a bit dull minded that dichotomy was used as much as it was as a thinking model. Bosses vs subordinates. Place where work can be done vs other places. What happens if you say yes or no. And so on. To be honest time to time also author made conclusion that world is not that black and white, but perhaps not often enough and only as conclusion. On the other hand the book is originally a blog so this writing / thinking style is perhaps better fit that environment than really deep doubt about meanings that are vague.
This book is in it's best on work trip that will last for a two or three days and you don't have anything to do in hotel at evening.