2.5 stars. This was a great book and beginning the journey to efficiency and simplicity. Highly recommended. Had I not read it directly after "The 4-Hour Workweek", I would have given it a higher rating.
The overall message in this book is that "all the rules you've been told about business no longer apply", which I like. They've gone against traditional approaches to business and have been very successful. It's an inspiring listen, but it does have a bit of an angry overtone, so you really have to be in the right frame of mind to listen to it.
Many business books pad out their material and say the same thing in different ways. Not this book. Everything is clear, concise and well put. It's a gem. I have listened to it several times to get the full benefit of the authors' experience and wisdom.
You can't help but feel that the people at 37 signals are on to something. It's Seth Godin's "Linchpin" condensed and uncompromisingly in your face: "This is how it's done! No questions asked."
You can't help but feel that this is the future of business. New business doesn't need factory workers anymore.
The title of the book is the exact message of it. Rework. It's different but a good perspective.
This is a great book for any midnight engineer trying to 'ship'. Whether it's software, hardware, a novel, or anything else you're creating this book will help you focus on what is important to get it out the door -- to ship. Forget all the rules you thought you knew. These guys have been there, done that, and have rewritten the rules for a game the old-timers can't even play.
This book surprised me - was more interesting than I thought it would be. Liked what they had to say about the pitfalls of planning too much. Narration was excellent.
These gentlemen really know what they're talking about. To be honest, I didn't learn much here; rather I cofirmed what I already knew. That's because I've been running a startup Internet business, too, for the last 15 years. I must say that their experiences and mine, be it in areas of personnel, competition or efficiency, mesh quite nicely. I highly recommend this book for anybody thinking about starting a business.