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Rework by Jason Fried
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Apr 14, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 27 to 29, 2011

Fast reading business-advice book by the internet whiz kids and web-business-darlings at www.37signals.com. I ate up most of what's said here like an ice-cream sundae on a hot summer day: meetings are toxic, go for quick wins, planning is guessing, etc. If you haven't guessed, the message is that the old way of doing business is over. Growth is not always good. Bureaucracy must die. Don't invest time in defining policies and standards, or doing long range planning, because all that stuff is worthless by the time it's documented. Focus on getting something actually done... today.

One concept that particularly hit home for me was that if we're writing policies, it means we failed somewhere. And most often, policies are written to address the behavior (or misbehavior) of a single individual. Jim wore shorts to work today... we need a dress code policy! No we don't. Somebody just needs to tell Jim not to wear shorts to work anymore. We punish the entire group with written rules because nobody wants to be the bad guy.

Although I agree with pretty much everything said here, deducting a star though because it's written in the same tone as all of these books,i.e., "sit down and let me tell you how stupid every single old way is and how 100% correct every single new way is." C'mon guys. I agree with you but it's not all quite that black and white.

It just strikes me as arrogant and annoying, but it's the required voice in writing one of these books, I guess.
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