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The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett And I Built Our Company

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,236 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In the fall of 1930, David Packard left his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to enroll at Stanford University, where he befriended another freshman, Bill Hewlett. After graduation, Hewlett and Packard decided to throw their lots in together. They tossed a coin to decide whose name should go first on the notice of incorporation, then cast about in search of products to sell. T ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1995 by HarperBusiness
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Bryan Murdock
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Incredible little book about what was once one of the best places to work. I might have been brainwashed by the old-time HPers that I used to work with, but I think the ideas in this book on how to run a company are excellent. The presentation is simple and to-the-point, with some good stories to go with it. Along with my interactions with people at work, it helped me think about how I treat my children too. I can do better, and this book has inspired me to do so.
David Sasaki
Oct 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I read this book to better understand the culture of my new employer, the Hewlett Foundation. I ended up learning so much. Until recently I had mistakenly thought that HP was a computer company that eventually got into the printer business. I didn’t realize that HP started out as a scientific instruments company that began designing and manufacturing various products that I had to look up in the dictionary: audio oscillators, wave analyzers, distortion analyzers, proximity fuses.

I remember choos
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: by-billionaires
"Everywhere I look I see the potential for growth, for discovery far greater than anything we have seen in the twentieth century." (David Packard, The HP Way, Page 192)

David Packard, the founder of HP, autographs the founding of his company and his relationship with Bill Hewlett, the co-founder. Both are credited with starting Silicon Valley.

This book takes you from the early days of them starting off in a garage, then expanding into other product lines and then becoming a multi-national corpora
Omar Halabieh
Jul 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
As the title indicate this book is about the story of Hewlett Packard as told by one of the founding partners David Packard. This book offers a corporate history of how the company started from the infamous garage into a global enterprise, but more importantly focuses on the guiding principles on which this company was built - the HP Way.

What stands out in the HP Way is the deep commitment and belief in values and principles. These radiate from the founders and affect everyone and everything at
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book on how a great company was started. I hope they can find this book at some point and use it to regain that greatness.
Aug 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I read this in the 6th grade for a project on a famous person. Looking back I'm such a nerd. My dad worked for HP and I think was proud of ne for reading such a book! ...more
So far (53 pages), this has been painfully boring. Right now, I'm not willing to give it anymore of my time. I'd probably give it another shot next year. ...more
Jun 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2010
A decent book. Nothing revolutionary in the context of contemporary management ides and techniques. However HP was revolutionary during their formation and have been so in their 70 years of existence. The late Dave Packard wrote this book at age 83 in 1995. Some of the radical changes within HP were not yet foretold. Such as the dawn of the internet age, its subsequent boon and their merger with Compaq. I would love to see a revision to this memoir. Additionally the division structure that Dave ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I love reading Autobiographies from authors who were pioneers in their field during their time. This book though definitely old in its ideals and some of the management ideas that it talks about, is the best and succinct account of how HP became what it is today. It was interesting to know that some of the management ideas that we take for granted today in small and big corporations never existed during their time. But at the end, I felt I would've been more satisfied if there were few more page ...more
Aug 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As an Agilent (formerly HP) employee, this book was very interesting to me. Bill and Dave were true revolutionaries. They started with nothing and built one of the greatest technology companies in the world.

Dave tells the story of how he and Bill founded the company and how they developed the core values that are now known as the HP way. Two very simple men started something huge.

If you're not familiar with HP, you would not enjoy this book.
LeikHong Leow
Aug 02, 2012 rated it liked it
As an engineering graduate, I used to dream I could work in a company like HP (or Agilent in my case); but i never went into the factory and i don't think i ever will. Reading this book is like viewing back the history on how 2 greats man had build one of the world greatest engineering firm with their dream and passion. HP in way had develop great management practice and culture for many great business leaders around the world. Some had benefited from it's including myself. ...more
Lamec Mariita
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
It's interesting to read how Hewlett Packard has grown from the little garage workshop to the large corporation it is today. David Packard and Bill Hewlett have build a truly amazing organization basically from scratch. There's not too much detail in this book but that makes it interesting and nice to read. Sometimes these types of books can be filled with justifications for mistakes, or can be written just to serve the ego of the author. Not this book. This book was honest and sincere. ...more
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Classic and very traditional approach to building a business from the ground up. Refreshing read among all the current hyper innovative approaches stressing the need to only work 4 hours, etc. Slightly arrogant aura which was unpleasant, though expected.
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-best
This book was included in my book: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. ...more
Oct 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting stories, admire their risk taking. Nice reminders about management by walking around and management by objectives.
A great read for leaders of technology companies, to understand how to manage technology and people, while trying to grow profit and keep people motivated.
Daniel Donovan
Jan 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Not well written, but it was nice to read about the company that gave me a shot right outta college.

Holy inverted sentences, Batman.
Bill Zhou
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business
The HP Way is the soul of Hewlett-Packard Corp.

After merging with Compaq, they lost the HP Way.

Carly, this is not your fault.
Darshan Pala
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
The HP way is a brilliant, succinct narrative of everything right that happened with the company with the coveted title of "the birthplace of Silicon Valley" by the supremely talented co-founder, Mr. David Packard. A book such as this is an inherently rare and precious opportunity to dive into the heads and thinking process of the founders of the companies that were built to last. Mr. Packard being a brilliant and not to mention an extremely privileged kid himself teamed up with another similarl ...more
Mar 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ideas I have found useful:
- also realize that the individual who is doing a worthwhile job is working because he feels he is accomplishing something worthwhile.
- We must realize that supervision is not a job of giving orders; it is a job of providing the opportunity for people to use their capabilities efficiently and effectively.
- Attention to detail is as important in manufacturing as it is in engineering.
- That was a very important lesson for me—that personal communication was often necessar
Aiman Adlawan
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
HP Way is really one of the best ways to run a company. Its core business principles centered not only among the owners and proprietors but also for the customers and more importantly the employees who create ideas for a sellable product and the employees who build that product for shipment and selling.
My brother used to work in HP company and they have that 'picnic' or get together regularly. Its one of the ways to take care of employees. Also, not like Edison who takes credit for all of his e
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting but don’t fall prey to the narrative fallacy by trying to predict future billon dollar companies on the things done right by HP ... people often search for „success rules“ forgetting that the larger context, the people, the economy, technology state etc. can’t be replicated.

Other then that it’s unfortunate how HP lost its way by playing not to lose instead of playing to win (innovate). Once the founder leaves companies almost always seem to lose their innovative DNA (see Apple today)
Rohit Nallapeta
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very good read, the book's written straight from the Founders' heart and he does a fantastic job of articulating the company's story, ethics, and values. It's a business-centric storytelling without too much focus on the timeline. The only sad part is that the company today is not reflective of its past beliefs, values, and innovation.

HP truly deserves to be in the pantheon of tech giants that paved the path to Silicon Valley and rightfully so.
Michael Aloo
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
It's a great book if you are looking for small bits of wisdom here and there and for sure, it is not like those other ordinary biographies that I have seen and read because the author is mostly talking about the various ways he influenced and the "HP Way" Influenced his working life up and until 1994 ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Very interesting progression of the building of HP. A lot of it seems like it was a stroke of luck with good managing (I guess I just really hope that it was as stated in the book and not made to look pretty in the rearview mirror). From working at HPI as an intern, it seems like a lot of the ideals are still around from this book, so that is at least a good thing!
Chua Wei Jie
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good insight on how David Packard and Bill Hewlett started their company that started Silicon Valley. A lot of their principles were revolutionary and started the trend in other Silicon Valley companies.
Metin Ozsavran
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although Mr.Packard conveniently skips and omits less savoury details like how clueless they were what product to make first, and started with some pretty dumb stuff, it sure is worth reading from an actual player himself. Not to be missed.
Soumya Sreehari
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: david-packard, 2019
It is a lucidly written, easy to read, first-person narrative. Some business lessons are timeless, got insights that I could use in my organisation. Also, good to read the story from the Founder's perspective. Recommended for people in management. ...more
Max Lapin
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very simple straightforward and plain vanilla honest confession. Hard work, tenacity and down to earth attitude is all you need.
Ahmed Ismail
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great insight on how to do business and overcome challenges
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