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Publisher's Summary

In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times best-seller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.

In Rework, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson introduced a new path to working effectively. Now, they build on their message with a bold, iconoclastic strategy for creating the ideal company culture - what they call "the calm company". Their approach directly attacks the chaos, anxiety, and stress that plagues millions of workplaces and hampers billions of workers every day.

Long hours, an excessive workload, and a lack of sleep have become a badge of honor for modern professionals. But it should be a mark of stupidity, the authors argue. Sadly, this isn’t just a problem for large organizations - individuals, contractors, and solopreneurs are burning themselves out the same way. The answer to better productivity isn’t more hours - it’s less waste and fewer things that induce distraction and persistent stress.

It’s time to stop celebrating crazy and start celebrating calm, Fried and Hansson assert.

Fried and Hansson have the proof to back up their argument. "Calm" has been the cornerstone of their company’s culture since Basecamp began 20 years ago. Destined to become the management guide for the next generation, It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work is a practical and inspiring distillation of their insights and experiences. It isn’t an audiobook telling you what to do. It’s an audiobook showing you what they’ve done - and how any manager or executive, no matter the industry or size of the company, can do it, too.

©2018 Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Worst. Business Book. Ever.

This has got to be the dumbest business book on the marketing today. I could barely get half-way through it before I couldn't take it anymore and deleted it. 99.99% of companies would fail miserably if they followed most of the advice in it. Maybe a handful of single-product specialty software companies and a neighborhood pizzeria would be successful with it. (and that pizza better be really good.) The advice here is often presented as an absolute -- all meetings are bad ... never interrupt your co-workers ... never set goals. really? If there is one true absolute in business it's that there's no single approach that works for most companies ... you have to adapt to situations, competition, the marketplace. Most of what they suggest boils down to "be a nice, respectful co-worker." Okay ... yeah, but that's it? What happens when you have real shareholders ... varied customers, meaningful competitors? These authors have no doubt created a great product, but it would have been far better to write a narrative on how they did that and why these business practices were effective for them ... and perhaps some suggestions on ways to implement the ones that make the most sense for your organization. Instead they come off as arrogant, sheltered and utterly tone-deaf to what most businesses deal with. I wish I could get my money back on this one.

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Good to listen. Hard to implement.

The ideas in this book are good. The 'how' was missing. Below expectations. There's a lot of talk about what should be and negligible discussion about how it's achieved. Can't deduce much insight from how to implement this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Opinions and Basecamp experience

This is a cool book, that depicts live inside Basecamp.

It's nice to hear of such a enterprise and to thing ways of adopting their mindset in other businesses. But is a tale of their journey, not a book with directions to something like what they have.

It's a book of opinions, not business guidelines.

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Amazing book that everyone in the software industry should read, period.

If you’re in a software industry (and a bunch of other industries to be honest), this book is a must read whether you’re running a company, leading a team or just working.
There’s just so much good stuff in this book!
Just go read it. Read it now. Stop reading this review and read the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I love the idea BUT

I am reading this book in parallel with Kai Fu Lee's AI superpowers. If you work in software and in silicon valley, this book will soothe you and reaffirm that what you and your kombucha drinking coworkers are doing is right. Pick up AI super powers and you will not sleep. The entrepreneurs from asia are all about hustle and speed. Build your moats and make sure you are ready. The attitude and approach to work in this current title are not scalable and not achievable in large enterprises. It may be possible if you buy basecamp!! Good luck to everyone who loved this book. I wish you very well in your short and soon to be defunct careers.

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Amazing must read business book

The real case study of Tech company role model methodology for success. This book’s covers all aspects of a tech company daily operations examples.

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So good, going to listen again.

Really thoughtful insights and plenty of actionable steps you can take right away. Great narrator as well.

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Like a big advertisement for Basecamp

Most of what’s said in the book won’t apply to your own situation. I can’t apply their approach at work because I’m not the CEO. What works for them, a small quirky 50 person software company, probably won’t apply to you. I’d skip this one.

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Welcome to Basecamp 101

I know this book is written by the guys running Basecamp, but it would be more convincing if they didn't beat you over the head with "this is what you should do and you should do it with Basecamp". I didn't mind the vulgar language in the book, but as another reviewer noted, don't listen to this in your car with your kids. There are some jewels in this book, you just need to think about the book more as this has been their journey at Basecamp more than this is how you can transform your business model.

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Amazing! Realignment triggered

I liked the multiple relatable examples. The sprinkle of vulgarity keeps it real for true understanding
Audio Delivery was bonus, easy on the ears☀️🥥🍻

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  • Dev345
  • 11-10-18

Worst. Business Book. Ever.

This has got to be the dumbest business book on the marketing today. I could barely get half-way through it before I couldn't take it anymore and deleted it. 99.99% of companies would fail miserably if they followed most of the advice in it. Maybe a handful of single-product specialty software companies and a neighborhood pizzeria would be successful with it. (and that pizza better be really good.) The advice here is often presented as an absolute -- all meetings are bad ... never interrupt your co-workers ... never set goals. really? If there is one true absolute in business it's that there's no single approach that works for most companies ... you have to adapt to situations, competition, the marketplace. Most of what they suggest boils down to "be a nice, respectful co-worker." Okay ... yeah, but that's it? What happens when you have real shareholders ... varied customers, meaningful competitors? These authors have no doubt created a great product, but it would have been far better to write a narrative on how they did that and why these business practices were effective for them ... and perhaps some suggestions on ways to implement the ones that make the most sense for your organization. Instead they come off as arrogant, sheltered and utterly tone-deaf to what most businesses deal with. I wish I could get my money back on this one.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • aayushvarora
  • 10-07-18

Good to listen. Hard to implement.

The ideas in this book are good. The 'how' was missing. Below expectations. There's a lot of talk about what should be and negligible discussion about how it's achieved. Can't deduce much insight from how to implement this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Luiz Rocha
  • 11-23-18

Opinions and Basecamp experience

This is a cool book, that depicts live inside Basecamp.

It's nice to hear of such a enterprise and to thing ways of adopting their mindset in other businesses. But is a tale of their journey, not a book with directions to something like what they have.

It's a book of opinions, not business guidelines.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-18

Amazing book that everyone in the software industry should read, period.

If you’re in a software industry (and a bunch of other industries to be honest), this book is a must read whether you’re running a company, leading a team or just working.
There’s just so much good stuff in this book!
Just go read it. Read it now. Stop reading this review and read the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kaytee1080
  • RENTON, WA, United States
  • 01-17-19

I love the idea BUT

I am reading this book in parallel with Kai Fu Lee's AI superpowers. If you work in software and in silicon valley, this book will soothe you and reaffirm that what you and your kombucha drinking coworkers are doing is right. Pick up AI super powers and you will not sleep. The entrepreneurs from asia are all about hustle and speed. Build your moats and make sure you are ready. The attitude and approach to work in this current title are not scalable and not achievable in large enterprises. It may be possible if you buy basecamp!! Good luck to everyone who loved this book. I wish you very well in your short and soon to be defunct careers.

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  • Ahmed
  • 01-17-19

Amazing must read business book

The real case study of Tech company role model methodology for success. This book’s covers all aspects of a tech company daily operations examples.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-19

So good, going to listen again.

Really thoughtful insights and plenty of actionable steps you can take right away. Great narrator as well.

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  • Brutedaddy
  • USA
  • 01-05-19

Like a big advertisement for Basecamp

Most of what’s said in the book won’t apply to your own situation. I can’t apply their approach at work because I’m not the CEO. What works for them, a small quirky 50 person software company, probably won’t apply to you. I’d skip this one.

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  • John R West
  • 12-27-18

Welcome to Basecamp 101

I know this book is written by the guys running Basecamp, but it would be more convincing if they didn't beat you over the head with "this is what you should do and you should do it with Basecamp". I didn't mind the vulgar language in the book, but as another reviewer noted, don't listen to this in your car with your kids. There are some jewels in this book, you just need to think about the book more as this has been their journey at Basecamp more than this is how you can transform your business model.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-18

Amazing! Realignment triggered

I liked the multiple relatable examples. The sprinkle of vulgarity keeps it real for true understanding
Audio Delivery was bonus, easy on the ears☀️🥥🍻

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  • Dev345
  • 11-10-18

Worst. Business Book. Ever.

This has got to be the dumbest business book on the marketing today. I could barely get half-way through it before I couldn't take it anymore and deleted it. 99.99% of companies would fail miserably if they followed most of the advice in it. Maybe a handful of single-product specialty software companies and a neighborhood pizzeria would be successful with it. (and that pizza better be really good.) The advice here is often presented as an absolute -- all meetings are bad ... never interrupt your co-workers ... never set goals. really? If there is one true absolute in business it's that there's no single approach that works for most companies ... you have to adapt to situations, competition, the marketplace. Most of what they suggest boils down to "be a nice, respectful co-worker." Okay ... yeah, but that's it? What happens when you have real shareholders ... varied customers, meaningful competitors? These authors have no doubt created a great product, but it would have been far better to write a narrative on how they did that and why these business practices were effective for them ... and perhaps some suggestions on ways to implement the ones that make the most sense for your organization. Instead they come off as arrogant, sheltered and utterly tone-deaf to what most businesses deal with. I wish I could get my money back on this one.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • aayushvarora
  • 10-07-18

Good to listen. Hard to implement.

The ideas in this book are good. The 'how' was missing. Below expectations. There's a lot of talk about what should be and negligible discussion about how it's achieved. Can't deduce much insight from how to implement this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Luiz Rocha
  • 11-23-18

Opinions and Basecamp experience

This is a cool book, that depicts live inside Basecamp.

It's nice to hear of such a enterprise and to thing ways of adopting their mindset in other businesses. But is a tale of their journey, not a book with directions to something like what they have.

It's a book of opinions, not business guidelines.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-18

Amazing book that everyone in the software industry should read, period.

If you’re in a software industry (and a bunch of other industries to be honest), this book is a must read whether you’re running a company, leading a team or just working.
There’s just so much good stuff in this book!
Just go read it. Read it now. Stop reading this review and read the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kaytee1080
  • RENTON, WA, United States
  • 01-17-19

I love the idea BUT

I am reading this book in parallel with Kai Fu Lee's AI superpowers. If you work in software and in silicon valley, this book will soothe you and reaffirm that what you and your kombucha drinking coworkers are doing is right. Pick up AI super powers and you will not sleep. The entrepreneurs from asia are all about hustle and speed. Build your moats and make sure you are ready. The attitude and approach to work in this current title are not scalable and not achievable in large enterprises. It may be possible if you buy basecamp!! Good luck to everyone who loved this book. I wish you very well in your short and soon to be defunct careers.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahmed
  • 01-17-19

Amazing must read business book

The real case study of Tech company role model methodology for success. This book’s covers all aspects of a tech company daily operations examples.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-19

So good, going to listen again.

Really thoughtful insights and plenty of actionable steps you can take right away. Great narrator as well.

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Brutedaddy
  • USA
  • 01-05-19

Like a big advertisement for Basecamp

Most of what’s said in the book won’t apply to your own situation. I can’t apply their approach at work because I’m not the CEO. What works for them, a small quirky 50 person software company, probably won’t apply to you. I’d skip this one.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • John R West
  • 12-27-18

Welcome to Basecamp 101

I know this book is written by the guys running Basecamp, but it would be more convincing if they didn't beat you over the head with "this is what you should do and you should do it with Basecamp". I didn't mind the vulgar language in the book, but as another reviewer noted, don't listen to this in your car with your kids. There are some jewels in this book, you just need to think about the book more as this has been their journey at Basecamp more than this is how you can transform your business model.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-22-18

Amazing! Realignment triggered

I liked the multiple relatable examples. The sprinkle of vulgarity keeps it real for true understanding
Audio Delivery was bonus, easy on the ears☀️🥥🍻