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Micro book review: ReWork - Change the Way You Work Forever

Posted by Oliver on the 10th of April, 2020 in category Thoughts
Tagged with: Books

rework Rework: Change The Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

First off, I have to acknowledge the fact that these last few reviews have definitely not been "micro"-sized. They've made their way solidly up to "mini" and possibly even ... whatever comes after that. Regular? I think the intent was more to express how much effort I wanted to put in rather than the content length, but nevertheless I need to trim these down a bit in future.

That being said, I steamed onwards from reading Remote by the same authors, to their previous book ReWork. I didn't check the synopsis so I didn't know what to expect. In many ways it reminded me of Tribes by Seth Godin (which I recently read and wrote about). It came across as a series of short lessons about how to start a business. It's a pep talk for starting your own tech company. That might sound like I'm writing it off as simplistic and shallow - but I'm absolutely not. Many (all?) of "lessons" resonated with me a lot and like Tribes I think later on when it's a bit more applicable to me (I'm not about to start my own company or side-project yet) I'll come back to it and digest its wisdom further.

Jason Fried and DHH have clearly made a very successful company and following by doing things differently to everyone else, and there's a lot of sense in their learnings - that they have passed on in this book (and their others). I think it's also a good refresher in what makes for a successful workplace and company, as a yardstick to figure out for yourself what you could change to make things better. Well worth a read and I'd give it a solid four, maybe even four and a half out of five.

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