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Rework

A book by David Heinemeier Hansson and Jason Fried

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  • Nov 3, 2010
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Counter-intuitivism has never been this appealing or enlightening. Following uncommon, adverse advice and tips normally would seem as crazy talk, but in Rework, the approach and delivered goods are well worth the look on the naysayers' faces when you're successful from heeding said advice.

From burgeoning entrepreneurs to weathered corporate managers alike, this book works for either as a new approach to obtaining the same goal: success, and its myriad of definitions each individual and collective holds true. 37Signals and Ruby on Rails (Fried's company and Hansson's programming framework, respectively) both took new approaches in established fields, opening up avenues for others. Their collective experiences and origins helped to guide Rework.

A quick, smooth read, mainly because of the illustrations strewn throughout and the straight-to-the point language, the ideas planted at lunchtime or before bed, will sprout buds before your next meeting. And, if the authors' goals are met, it will be your last.

Rework is about re-thought: seeing things in a new light. It may work totally for one person. Or somewhat for another. Regardless which occurs for you, discussion will be had.

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February 13, 2012
I agree.
 
November 16, 2010
Nice Review. I enjoyed this book as well. Quick thought-provoking as I recall. There is so much we need to rethink in this country if we are ever going to get our economy back on track.
November 17, 2010
Exactly. Reinvention is not necessarily a bad thing. Even if it's only one or two aspects of a whole, it could definitely help a situation (or a product, policy, etc.).
 
November 04, 2010
Great review, Marcario!  I've heard a lot of buzz about this book, so it looks like I'll have to check it out.  Have you caught Getting Real yet?  It's available online and it's by the fellows of 37Signals, so I thought you might like it.  Thanks for sharing!
November 04, 2010
Thanks! I haven't read Getting Real, but i will definitely check it out because of your recommendation. I hope to write more helpful reviews :-)
November 04, 2010
Awesome! I'm looking forward to reading them :)
 
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review by . May 05, 2010
Prior to reading Rework, I was unfamiliar with Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson, or their company 37signals. One book, however, provides the reader with the insight into the attitudes of the founders and a basis for the reasons for their success. However, if you subscribe to "conventional wisdom," this book may not be for you. The authors tend go against your experience and what has been instilled into you during your college and graduate work. Nonetheless, this is a worthwhile book, …
review by . May 26, 2010
A compendium of ideas, suggestions, do's & don'ts, warnings, tips and personal experiences.
From the opening pages of "Rework' it becomes quite apparent that Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are not your typical enterpreneurs.  As founders of the trailblazing software company "37signals" Fried and Hansson turn conventional business wisdom on its head by pursuing rather unorthodox strategies and techniques.  They have little use for planning and detest meetings. They view the world of business through an entirely different paradigm than …
review by . January 10, 2011
Business and branding books glut the market. In fact, I have dozens. But the only one that I consider my "biz Bible"? Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, the brilliant founders of 37signals (Basecamp, Highrise, etc.)    I read Rework early last year and benefited enormously. Under pressure by co-workers and colleagues to "tone it down" (paraphrase), my intensity and originality were stifled, and the gradual sacrifice to "fit in" within a small niche culture eroded …
review by . June 02, 2010
These are the two chaps of 37 signals who started Basecamp and a host of other tools. They were also early advocates of Ruby on Rails. A breathless book that runs through the gamut of pragmatic business advice. You will find your self agreeing with them much more than disagreeing. Their comments on software design ( It should be simple, practical, easy to use but often is not) resonated today as I was running through Microsoft Office 2010. sigh, I can see why Open Office is attractive - Microsoft …
review by . April 11, 2010
After the buzz I've seen generated by this book, I needed to read it to find out what it was all about... Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. They are the guys who started the web company 37signals, a company that has found a sizable niche with software products that are simple and basic. There are enough features to get the job done, and no more. In Rework, they share their philosophy on how a company should be started and run, based on how they've run their own company. While I …
review by . April 10, 2010
I'd expected a book of substance, and instead I got a book of aphorisms.    As the founder of a startup, I was hoping to get some insights into how 37signals has achieved so much success. I'd hoped for stories and details. Rework consists entirely of grandiose statements ("Don't be a hero," "Ignore the real world," "No time is no excuse") followed by a couple of pages of explanation in large type. In other words, the purpose of the book is to inspire, not to inform.    That's …
review by . March 24, 2010
If Joseph Schumpeter were to design a "creative destroyer," he would probably come up with a business thinker who bears a striking resemblance to Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. To me, they seem to be iconoclasts who are impatient to build rather than anarchists whose objective is chaos. They quickly indicate a healthy respect for the nature and extent of difficulty when challenging the status quo. But they are not deterred by that difficulty, as their success with 37signals clearly indicates, …
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ISBN-10: 0307463745
ISBN-13: 978-0307463746
Author: Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson
Genre: Business & Investing, Health, Mind & Body
Publisher: Crown Business
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