A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success
50 million websites, or 20 percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day. With a fraction of the resources of Google, Amazon, or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet. How is this possible? What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods?
To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com's phenomenal success from the inside. Berkun's story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone's future.
The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world-changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic's success.
©2013 Scott Berkun (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Narrator wasn't that great. The book is fantastic. The story of automattic and its methodology of working is a great case study in collaboration and the future of working with disbursed teams across the globe.
Perhaps people who don't work in the software industry might enjoy this but to those of us who do, his overly excited descriptions of mostly typical activities and people in smaller software companies are a bore.
Anyone who didn't read in such a monotoned and mono-paced voice.
He also should have learned how to pronounce common computer terms such as Linux. Its pronounced lynn-ux, not line-ux. I cringed every time I heard this. There were others as well.
Remove all of the isn't-this-guy amazing worshiping of people. Remove the weren't-we-so-cool attitude. Too much hype of not much specialness.
Narration was ok. Strange pronunciations of some words and states far too many "slashes".
Book itself is probably 90% fluff. There are so many frustrating descriptions of boring events. There's about 15 minutes describing 5 engineers playing shuffle board in detail. While this gives context, it's just so boring and cringe you.
There are gems of knowledge in this book and the author is smart. I'd like someone to edit this down to a 60 minute audiobook.
audible business books are great and in some cased I buy the kindle version for reference. this is a good book!!
Good story about a well-run company, but nothing mind blowing if you are already deep into building a virtual company. Worth a listen though to plant a few seeds of additional ideas you might be able to use.
If they were written in a similar style to this? Then no
I would have cut all the meaningless drawl and scene setting from in between the genuinely useful information about working styles, company ideology and team structure. He goes on and on about useless information like details about the furniture in the room or something mildly amusing about a team night out or character quirk... None of these are of any interest or the least bit funny.
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