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Book Review: Rework

I recently read Rework by Jason Fried of 37 Signals ($13 @ Amazon) and it talks about a lot of philosophy and lessons learned from their business. Some of it I found interesting, some I agreed with – for example, his views on running a small business being ok, not having to have a 100 employees before you can hold your head up. Some I didn’t agree with – I’ve found remote workers to be very hard to collaborate with compared to those that are in the office each day.

I think the part I like best is that it really teaches the importance of having a philosophy about how you want to run and grow your business. Not anything as obvious as ethics, more complex stuff like how big do you really want to be, how will you react to customer service failures, and whether you’re building it to sell or hold.

It’s an easy read. I wouldn’t call it a how-to book. Instead, I’d say this is a book to read before you start a business, and then one to re-read a year after you’ve started the business and learned some lessons about what works for you.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Steve Jones on 16 July 2010

I read this as well and thought there were some good ideas, some not so good, and some that I think are a result of how his company has grown.

I think it's worth reading and re-evaluating how you do business, as long as you're in small business. Reading this and trying to apply things to a large company likely results in some frustration.

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