Book Review Rework
I just finished reading Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson. Fried is co-counder of 37signals a Chicago based company that builds well-known Web 2.0 tools such as Basecamp, Highrise, Campfire, and Backpack. Hansson is a partner at 37signals and also the creator of the Ruby on Rails, the popular programming framework.
This book puts it in your face that business is changing at a rapid pace and that the way we looked at things yesterday or even today may be out of date. Stressing the importance of adaptability is a major theme that runs throughout the book. Many of the points made run contrary to what we’ve been told in the past. Some of the chapters:
- “Learning from mistakes is overrated”
- “Planning is guessing”
- “Throw less at the problem”
- “Meetings are toxic”
- “Underdo your competition”
Overall I found Rework to be an entertaining and easy read. While you may not agree with everything, you should definitely check this book out for no other reason than see a different way of looking at the same old problems. Maybe you’ll even find a way to “Rework” your business a little bit.
- Be Real
- Cut the Fat
- Small is Good and Nimble