Why I Hate 37signals’ new book Rework

by Tim M on April 7, 2010

I hate Rework.

…About as much as I hate 3 foot of powder in the Canadian Rockies.

This book is THE BEST BUSINESS BOOK I HAVE READ. Actually I am wrong. Linchpin and Rework are neck and neck.

Here’s why you need to read this book.

  • It’s AWESOME.
  • It will change how you view your work, and how you are at work, and expose the daily fallacies and facade present in most workplaces.

But seriously. This book contains snippets of information, insight and tips designed to get you to think. It doesn’t really provide answers, nor in-depth “how-tos” (e.g. how to be an incredible businessman). It’s more a guide to what’s worked for them, and how you make it work for you.

I liked it, as I am already inclined to their way of thinking (having read their other kick arse book Getting Real as well as their most-awesome block Signals vs Noise)

What I really love about this book is that it has zero page filler and zero BS. Too many business books can be summarised in the first 100 pages or cut in half. This one is short, sweet, and to the point. I knocked it off in a week of mornings at my local coffee shop.

To illustrate my above comments, I’ve included the notes I took (coffee spills for authenticity!) from this book. Mostly, I took them in reference to my newly made-over coffee review site, wherespresso.com (which is why you see “WSP” throughout).

But, I do have a reason for hating Rework. I hate it because it wasn’t out 10 years ago when I needed it. But, as they say, the next best time to read it is today. Do yourself a favour and add this book to your library.

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