Rework | Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (Book Review)








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Rework, a New York Times Best Seller, written by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson (Founders of 37signals [ now Basecamp ] is my latest read.  While the book was written almost a decade ago, it still is very entertaining and full of information relevant to all entrepreneurs.

With each of my reads, I have a pro’s and con’s section.  What I liked about the book?  What I did not like about the book?  While not giving a blow by blow on the content of the book, looking at the style of the writer, information presented, flow of the book, and level of ease to complete the book is analysis.

Pros of Rework

This was probably the easiest book for me to read, since maybe grade school ( or elementary school ).  All the chapters consist of one or two pages inserts, with a content divided into 12 chapters.  The chapters are First, Takedowns, Go, Progress, Productivity, Competitors, Evolution, Promotion, Hiring, Damage Control, Culture, and Conclusion. Each chapter is laced with short inserts, employing growth lessons and inspirational messages.

The flow of the book, removed me from concentrating on Return on Investment (ROI), Business to Business (B2B), Business to Consumer (B2C) and thinking about size of my organization, knowledge base, working accommodation, and job happiness.  Constantly reminding myself that this book was written almost a decade ago, it hit on all areas of underlying concerns for most business owners.  Beginning stage of business, measuring success, finding employees, reason to hire and not hire, developing culture, and how to grow…outstanding lessons for business owners, or want to be business owners.

Cons of Rework

Sometimes the strengths of a book can also be a weakness.  The limited length of the inserts, made it very easy to put the book down.  This should and in most cases would be a short read, one or two days, took me a couple of weeks.  One of the quotes from the book, “When you impose a deadline, you gain clarity” did not work for me…as I wanted to finish this book in a week.  The short inserts, became an excuse to read a little tomorrow…which ended up being a couple of weeks, instead of days.

Most of the content was straight forward.  Either you was on board, or you was not.  Not much new information as far as growing your business.  Maybe having used Basecamp in the past, put me in a disadvantage with regard to their business model.

Overall of Rework

While “Rework” came with some heavy accolades, it lived up to all the praise.  A lover of instant messages, one of my favorite quotes in the book, “Standing for something isn’t just about writing it down.  It is about believing it and living it.”  This one quote could help so many entrepreneurs, even non-entrepreneurs.  You can not just write down a goal, you have to believe it and live it.

While I do not rate on a stars points system, this is really one of my favorite books.  It is a mainstay in my bookcase.

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