The lovely people at Varn bought this for me for Christmas.
Having thoroughly enjoyed it, I thought I’d review it.
The authors Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, founders of 37 signals have built a lean capable business around products such as Highrise ( to track deals ) Ta-Da List ( to share your to-do’s ) and Writeboard ( a collaborative writing tool ). So they have a pedigree.
What I really liked about Rework, is that it is crammed full of common sense, say it how it is, pearls of wisdom.
Although it’s primarily aimed at those who sell software as a service or digital startups this book is great for any business owner, or any of us who are struggling with how we spend our time, because it cuts the crap! The authors haven’t edited this book, they taken a scythe to their words and distilled their experience down into really practical chunks that get you thinking about what you do, how you do it, and where you are wasting your time and energy.
Although I didn’t agree with everything, the things I didn’t agree with still got me thinking, which is no bad thing.
This is a book to be dipped into; to consider and to go back to. It’s really well structured and organised and explores how you can increase your own productivity, to how you recruit ( and whether you need to ).
Aimed at small lean agile businesses, this no nonsense approach which covers things like, ‘creating a culture’ ( one of the pearls of wisdom which I love is that culture is action not words ) to marketing ( which isn’t a department – everyone’s in marketing ), to customer service.
Full of really useful soundbites ( like momentum fuels motivation ) which are easy to remember and which I found stayed with me, which is always the sign of a good book.
The ideas and insights in Rework could help you change the way you work forever