Great book. I love Jason and DHH’s no BS and first principles approach to thinking, life and business.
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.
Once more, Jason Fried and DHH drop a bucket of truth on the way too many of us spend our workdays - frantic, fraught, and overloaded.
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.