Rework was written by the guys that brought you the 37signals website. Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson have created quite a buzz with their web site and “no business model” style of success.
What’s great about this book:
It’s a quick 280 page read. Lots of breaks in the text in a way you can stop and come back. In fact, it’s written a lot like a series of blog posts; easy to digest.
I like the examples given for how to limit your focus, instead of trying to be all things to all customers. Some of the more interesting topics:
You need less than you think
No time is no excuse
Making the call is making progress
Out-teach your competition
The tone right off of the bat is “we’ve got it right.” There is some stimulating talk about why some conventional wisdom isn’t really as solid as we’re led to believe.
The downside is you might take that advice to the other extreme. Maybe that’s okay, but then again not all meetings are pure evil…
Good enough is fine
The real world isn’t a place, it’s an excuse
Build half a product, not a half-assed product
Another great read. If you’re a fan of books that give you a new way to think, then you’ll enjoy this one.
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If you’ve read my review, you got the jist of it