- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062874780
- ISBN-13: 978-0062874788
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
It Doesn't Have To Be Crazy At Work Hardcover – 1 Jan 2065
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About the Author
JASON FRIED is the cofounder and CEO of Basecamp. He started the company back in 1999 and has been running the show ever since. Along with David, he wrote Getting Real, REWORK, and REMOTE. When it comes to business, he thinks things are simple until you make them complicated. And when it comes to life, we're all just trying to figure it out as we go.
DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON is the cofounder of Basecamp and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of REWORK and REMOTE. He's also the creator of the software toolkit Ruby on Rails, which has been used to launch and power Twitter, Shopify, GitHub, Airbnb, Square, and over a million other web applications. Originally from Denmark, he moved to Chicago in 2005 and now divides his time between the US and Spain with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys 200-mph race cars in international competition, taking cliché pictures of sunsets and kids, and ranting far too much on Twitter.
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Jason is a really strong writer and the way he’s structured the book is evidence of that. It was a very easy read.
It’s nice to see a business book that doesn’t beat a topic or concept dead for 300 pages. This book is structured into a large number of very small chapters, so while the overarching theme is reinforced, there’s new insights every few pages. Only downside to this is that because there are a lot of different small topics, it’s easy to go through the whole book and not actually take out a lot of insights - I am a big note taker when I read so that’s not a problem for me as I will always review my highlights/notes from the book once I finish it, but just something to keep in mind.
Great stuff Jason and DHH - love the basecamp philosophy.
They offer instead a view about how their company operates, and how you can shift the way your organisation works in order to achieve the "calm company" state they have espoused for many years.
Whether you read this to reassure yourself you're doing the right thing (or moving toward it), or as a wakeup call to yourself and your colleagues that the insanity of bad management, overwork, and toxic culture are going to inevitably bring you to your knees, it's probably the most important business book of 2018.
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