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Rework by Jason Fried
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Simple, lean, "common sensical", fun and useful, even if you've no intention of starting your own business. ( )
  Sandydog1 | Jul 26, 2014 |
A bit average and ordinary in its advice, especially if you've occasionally read the 37signals blog. Basically the book describes that its OK to be a small business, passion is required, hunt hard for good people (not just using resume), treat customers well but don't listen to everything they want, keep the product simple, ship often and early, etc. ( )
  pithos | Mar 6, 2014 |
This book is a super easy read, finished it in less then a day. It's mostly 1 or 2 page sections with a full page cartoon image per chapter. The book is written by two guys who run a very successful web company. The book is about running a business, productivity, and really just a collection of tips/maxims that have helped them be successful.
They say it isn't a "web" book, but it definitely is. Most of the maxims and ideas are more specific to someone creating a web service or company, though there are definitely plenty of tips that have value for any type of business.
I liked it because I am involved in a handful of web projects. I also liked it because it's different then normal work productivity advice and guides. Any book with a new angle helps you be reflective of your current methodology and usually results in a fresh mindset for tackling work.

If your looking for a good productivity book, and specifically if you do web related work or small business, I'd recommend this. ( )
1 vote ariahfine | Feb 6, 2014 |
A good reading-makes you rethink your approach to many things in day-to-day execution & delivery processes.http://37signals.com/rework/ . ( )
  ashutosh.kumar | Jan 19, 2014 |
Rework is an example of the business-inspirational genre by the founders of 37Signals, a software company. I like 37Signals because they’re straightforward, even pithy, and because founder Jason Fried has some right-on things to say about business culture, such as the stupidity of insisting that all workers come to an office and stay for eight hours, whether they are productive there or not. Rework follows the format of a lot of these books, which alternates extremely short chapters with crude page-sized art. Usually this format follows naturally when the author is reworking his blog into a book, which is the case here.

A lot of the little chapters pretend to upend the common wisdom. There are chapters titled “Welcome Obscurity,” “Good Enough is Fine” and “Drug Dealers Get It Right.” This gives even completely passive readers the feeling of boldly thinking outside the box. There is a chance, I suppose, that some readers really will be jolted into changing their way of thinking, and I think that’s what the authors are aiming for. But I’m skeptical. You’re either ready to be bold, or you’re not, and if you are ready, you’ll quickly find your own path and won’t need this book.

Ultimately, Rework is not a lot different from a traditional book of business wisdom (say, Winning by Jack Welch of GE). People are hungry for advice and seek it from those they consider brilliant, and what higher proof of brilliance is there than success in the market? But consider: 37Signals began as a Web-design company just as the Web was becoming a truly mass phenomenon. The company then switched to developing Web apps just as the iPhone came out and apps became a very big commercial thing. These guys are very smart, no doubt, but they’re also lucky; like the rock musicians of the ‘50s and ‘60s, they were there just as the market demanded their particular skills for the very first time. If they’d been born ten years earlier or later, they would have found much less rewarding outlets or would have faced much stiffer competition.

If you’ve already begun a startup company, this book may be the encouragement you need and may even give you a few good ideas. If you’re looking for a book to inspire you to action, look within yourself instead. ( )
  john.cooper | Oct 1, 2013 |
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We have something new to say about building, running, and growing (or not growing) a business.
사람들은 결과물이 만들어지는 과정에 호기심이 많다. 이것이 공장 견학이나 영화의 제작 후기가 인기 잇는 이유다. 사람들은 무대를 설치하고 캐스팅이 이루어지는 과정을 알고 싶어한다. 남들이 결정을 내리는 이유와 과정을 알고 싶어한다.
사람들에게 커튼 안쪽을 공개하면 관계가 변한다. 사람들이 당신을 얼굴 없는 회사가 아니라 같은 인간으로 보게 되면서 동질감이 싹튼다. 사람들이 당신이 파는 제품이나 서비스에 배인 땀과 노력을 보게 된다. 당신이 하는 일을 더 깊이 이해하고 존중하게 된다.
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"Rework" shows you a better, faster, easier way to succeed in business. You'll learn how to be more productive, how to get exposure without breaking the bank, and tons more counterintuitive ideas that will inspire and provoke you.

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