- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 6123 KB
- Print Length: 277 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (20 August 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DVJXI4M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 183 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #322,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work Kindle Edition
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What happens when an old-school management guru leaves the books and lectures behind to lead a young team at a revolutionary company, with no email, no offices, and no rules? The answer is an amazing and entertaining book about the future of work.
Automattic, Inc., runs WordPress.com, the 15th most popular website on the planet, and is the leading organization behind WordPress, the software that powers 20 percent of the entire web--60 million sites and counting. Their success is based on challenging our biggest assumptions about how work is done:
- Employees work remotely, from wherever in the world they wish
- No one uses email, preferring customized blogs and online chat
- There are no schedules, few meetings, and fewer rules
- Workers launch new ideas and features dozens of times a day
In The Year Without Pants, popular author and former Microsoft manager ('94-'03) Scott Berkun reports on his challenging year working at WordPress.com as the leader of one of its most important teams. His bold and entertaining tale is filled with great advice for managers, executives, and employees alike about how great work is done and what Automattic's success means for the rest of us.
With his legendary humor and the unique perspective of a seasoned outsider-turned-insider, The Year Without Pants is the best book you will read on the ways leadership, productivity, and work are evolving on business's brave new frontier.--This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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Automattic's culture of remote, larger self-directed work is clearly a culture shock for Berkun, but he uses it to provide insights into the inner workings of this culture from his corporate perspective. This perspective makes the book so valuable for the rest of us, who are still stuck in our largely meaningless 9-5 jobs with associated long commutes.
Highly recommended peek into the new work of work.
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The second problem is Wordpress might be big in some peoples' minds but at this time it was very small in terms of numbers and doing very simple straight-forward things so nothing really translates to the reader's world. Life generally is much more complex and challenging. There's nothing innately wrong with what Berkun says. It's just that talking about whether to have a button on the right side of the page or the left is just not enticing enough to keep turning the page.
When I first picked up the book I expected it to be more of an instruction manual around distributed working than it actually was. Berkun does discuss some of these at a practical level but Berkun is clever in leveraging the opportunity given to very few people. Berkun was given unprecedented access to the company and he didn't squander it.
Some of the greatest insights in the book come not from the innovative, groundbreaking management techniques deployed at Wordpress but rather Berkun's insightful observations of human psychology and the interaction of people in work.
Whether you are interested in 'The Future of Work' or distributed working, if you are interested in taking a personal look under the hood of an interesting company that is changing the status quo then this is a great book.
One other side effect of the book is that it will probably open non-technical (and by this I mean programmers) readers eyes to just how much work goes into making seemingly small changes to such a complicated platform.
If I have one criticism, it is that Berkun doesn't directly tie up the questions that are asked at the start of the book around the impact of leaders in a chaordic creative environment. I would also like to see what the opinion of the leadership team of the experiment and what the lasting changes at the company were, I guess that time will tell.
I felt like every page had something worth highlighting.
Now onto the next ...
The best thing is that it is a book on management without being a book on management.
Nice to learn about how the teams "self manage" themselfs. If you are interested in the subject, it is a nice book to read, even been written 4 years ago.
The book doesn't pretend to teach anything. It just flows through the lifes of WordPress.com employees, as seen by a very knowledgeable lead who chose to challenge himself and enter the world of those who work remotely for the right reasons. But as it goes, it does teach you a few tricks on work, what is important and what's not, without distinctions of where you are in the world.
A chapter on the (absent) use of emails is the icing on the cake to me.
If you expect a "10 lessons to transform your company into WordPress.com", read something else.
Definitely eye opening. I honestly wish the book was longer and more detailed, but definitely going to be recommending this book to a lot of people.
Much to be learned therein, much to think about.
The best part is the author's attitude and forthcomingness about culture, and not pretending that one size fits all.