The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use ema...more
I wish I had this book to read while I was at Automattic! It would have shaped my thinking!
Of course, this is going to be my favorite Berkun book, but I need to withhold two stars because of my bias. Berkun earns back the two stars because of the pithy prose, but I'll again dock a star for the awkwardness of it all -- are there other bus ...more
Certainly, the industry which examines this seems pretty healthily active. Books, lectures, blawgs, twits, you name it, the space is pretty full.
And so it might seem strange that I'm about to recommend a book on this very subject.
But I am, wholeheartedly. I'm endorsing this, yo :)
Scott Berkun's fifth and lat ...more
The second part is a bit more descriptive, going into details of how things worked on a daily basis at Automattic, but also during complex projects.
I had a lot to learn from it and it's ...more
5 things I learned from this book:
1. A mistake we often make is how we confuse supporting roles like legal, HR, MGMT and IT, with product creation roles like design and development. Product creators are the true talent of an organization and we should support these at all costs.
2. The ...more
At first, Berkun feared his greatest strength as a leader, his ability to get to the bottom of an issue in a face-to-f ...more
Scott Berkun talks about how he was hired onto Team Social at WordPress as a project manager and how WordPress/Automattic operates compared to other technology and remote companies like it. One of the most interesting things I learned in the first half of the book was that every employee at WordPress ...more
I think the book would have been stronger had it focused on one or the other, but I found it an inte ...more
There's good advice in here. But much of it depends, I think, on how closely your organization matches Berkun's. This is one vision of how "work could work." But if you're not a brand new company, born into this mode of remote work, having never known anything else, and all the employees are young...well, your mileage may vary. ...more
I'm a huge WordPress fan and user. I also was an early investor in Intense Debate before WordPress acquired them. The stories in the book were great and Scott did a nice job of both telling stories and then generalizing insights from them. It dragged in a few places, but overall painted an interesting picture of a fascinating company. ...more
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