It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried

It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller 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 ...


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TitleIt Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
ISBN9780062874788
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Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherHarperBusiness
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Management, Self Help, Productivity, Leadership, Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Psychology, Audiobook
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Reviews It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

  • Bill
    2018-10-10
    Fried and DHH are once again offering a clarion call from The Future; ignore it at your peril. This is essential reading if you've ever thought that the millenial badge of honor, being busy beyond belief, may actually be a foolish road to ruin. If you're wise enough to know that your best work is not output at hour 12, 10, or even 8. If you're fed up that the potential of your brilliant teammates is being squandered.It's easy to critique norms an...
  • Alex
    2018-10-27
    I started this on a plane and finished it over salt-roasted chicken with celery root, leeks, and ham chips. Recommend by coworkers, especially @bill’s knh, I found that about 30% of this applies to my company. The fact is that our problems don’t match the ones these folks have solved with their miracle company (which I would LOVE to work at, based on how they present it.)The 30% that applies applies REALLY HARD. I wish everyone at my company ...
  • John Weldy
    2018-10-03
    I hate books about workI’m a director at a school, so I’m expected to read...a lot. And I love reading, about things I’m interested in. Almost never does that include books about work. I’ve tried so many, loved the first couple chapters, then never returned.This one is different. There’s no fluff, no filler, only gold. It reads like a series of short, to-the-point blog posts (which is probably largely what it is). If you hate that, run ...
  • Youghourta
    2018-10-03
    كتاب يقلب مفاهيم ومبادئ عالم الشركات الناشئة (خاصة تلك التي تعتمد "الطريقة الأمريكية" منها) رأسًا على عقب. يُعتبر هذا الكتاب امتدادًا طبيعيًا للكتاب السابق الذي نشره نفس الكاتبان “العمل عن بعد: المكتب غير ضروري”* والذي يدور حول مبدأ العمل عن بُعد و...
  • Willian Molinari
    2018-10-21
    What a great book! The best part of this book is that there's nothing so out of this world there, they are just talking about what we should be doing.Hey, it's true, it doesn't have to be crazy at work. We can still do our best and deliver an amazing product without making ourselves miserable working like crazy to meet some made up numbers used as "goals". We can still be ambitious and make something our users love without driving the whole team ...
  • Seyfeddin
    2018-10-16
    37 Signals'ın bütün kitaplarını okudum. Hepsi çok güzel fikirler barındırıyordu, bu kitap da bundan farklı değil. Ama büyük bir eksik var.Son zamanlarda Amerika'da yeni bir trend başladı: Calm. Silikon vadisinin parlattığı "günde 18 saat çalış, yoksa milyar dolarlar kazanamazsın" fikrinin tam tersini savunan bu akım, eğer sakin ve planlı bir iş hayatı sürdürmezsek, bunun uzun vadede ciddi problemler açacağını s...
  • Adii Pienaar
    2018-10-03
    Listened to the audiobook. Love the clarity and conciseness of the book. It does so without losing any punch or impact too.
  • Simon Eskildsen
    2018-10-16
    The premise of the book is wonderful: we chase growth at all cost and the human cost of that is real. However, I can't shake some feeling of arrogance that permeates the book. Points are mostly anecdotal and all the examples of practised 'calm' are from their own company or people outside of companies (the reference section is suspiciously thin). Come on, it's not so radical to not work yourself to death that no-one else in the world practises it...
  • Matt Goddard
    2018-10-09
    Jason fried and DHH have done a brilliant job with this book. It’s thought provoking and there are some really useful bit of advice. I’m certain that it’ll have a massive impact on how we work, just as rework, and remote did. Anyone who cares about achieving a sensible work life balance should read it.However I had one nagging doubt throughout reading it. I can see how a lot of what they share is pertinent to a company like Basecamp, which ...
  • Mikhail Kulakov
    2018-11-02
    Мне книга оч понравилась. Есть над чем поразмыслить. Многое очень близко и своевременно для меня. Ну и JF конечно мастер слога! »»»»»Your company should be your best product.Every six weeks or so, we decide what we’ll be working on next. And that’s the only plan we have. Anything further out is considered a “maybe, we’ll see.”We sim...
  • Romans Karpelcevs
    2018-11-09
    Bam! Bam! Bam! This book shoots advice from the third gen of the way of working in software development. Will everything from this book be there in the future? No. Will everything here work for you? No. Are some things only possible if you are already highly profitable and don't have external capital? Yes.And then still there is a TON of valid points, suggestions and directions everyone should at least consider, and implement some. Or your compet...
  • Koray Al
    2018-10-04
    Yet another reference book from Basecamp for the likes of me in software development industry. Just like 'Rework' and 'Remote' this book points to issues we feel that some things are wrong with but don't have the courage to put into words because of the way things 'are' in the business. Hearing those ideas from a 'success story' increases it's effect.Rework tried to convince employees that there is a better way to do work. Remote tried to convinc...
  • Vitor Capela
    2018-10-08
    The message is important: a company has the agency to dismiss most business practices and advice — growth at all costs, change for change's sake, working its staff to the bone — and still thrive. I applaud their consistency, year after year, in pointing at their own success as proof.If you read their blog and Twitter accounts, this book provides very little that's new. Like "Remote", it's more pamphlet (size included) than deep exploration, a...
  • Alison
    2018-10-14
    I'd recommend this book to owners, founders and senior leaders - anyone who can influence or dictate workplace norms. I would not recommend this book to most employees, as they will probably want to quit their job and go work at Basecamp. It sounds like Basecamp's founders (and this book's authors) have done a great job creating a calm culture through trial and error and mindful choices. They challenge commonly held assumptions and address many o...
  • Arturo Herrero
    2018-10-07
    Sounds transgressive, but, really – it's just common sense.Two interesting ideas from the book:The Trust BatteryAnother concept we talk a lot about is something called a ‘trust battery.’ It’s charged at 50 percent when people are first hired. And then every time you work with someone at the company, the trust battery between the two of you is either charged or discharged, based on things like whether you deliver on what you promise.Disagr...
  • José
    2018-10-25
    I've got mixed feelings on this one.After reading remote and rework, this one feels kinda "cheap", in the sense that is a 18$ book (pre-order, now is 25$) that you read in a couple of days.Don't get me wrong, I like the content, but, maybe I've just been following DHH and his "teachings" for so long that it didn't really teach me anything.I'll share it with a few coworkers and managers to see they're feedback.Also one thing I noticed, especially ...
  • William Fish
    2018-11-10
    This is sensible advice and the wisdom isn't common in my experience. It was enjoyable and highlights some of the weaknesses I hadn't recognised in my current job. I really enjoyed the ideas around distraction reduction. I'm expected to be in meetings constantly that generally amount to knee jerk opinions without any context and not very good listening skills from a lot of the technical team. I'd like to bring more upfront and light documentation...
  • Katja
    2018-11-07
    Wenn man 2018 nur ein einziges Business-Buch lesen will, dann würde ich das hier vorschlagen. In gewohnt kurzen und knackigen Kapiteln (1-3 Seiten lang) bringen die beiden Gründer von Basecamp die Themen auf den Punkt. Welcher Weg führt zu "Calm" - also zu einem ruhigen, gelassenen Management bzw. Unternehmen. Das ist streckenweise ganz schön provokant gegenüber herkömmlicher Management-Theorie, aber immer auch einleuchtend. Ganz oft kann m...
  • Jitariu Catalin
    2018-10-25
    It's a great book not as a book per se, but as a proof that things can be different then we are made to believe. It's like a fairy tale that takes you in a different time and place. It shows you some things can work in the real world if you think about others as people, not as a way to achieve billions.
  • André Gomes
    2018-10-25
    I don't think this way of running a business would work for everyone and every company (they don't claim that either), but it is very original, makes sense, it is healthier and better for the long term.Makes you think about your choices, and realize that there are other ways of running a business and creating a better culture for you and coworkers. Maybe we don't have to embrace all that paranoia... Maybe.
  • Adolfo Neto
    2018-11-02
    I have read all their books and this one is their best. Easy to read yet profound.I would like to work for a company such as Basecamp.If I were an entrepreneur, I would try, as much as possible, to adapt their ideas to my company.
  • Jaana Metsamaa
    2018-11-07
    I have very much enjoyed books by Jason Fried. I have definitely worked in the scary non-calm company he describes and I am lucky I no longer do. No matter if you do or not, reading this is a good reminder how things could be calm and maybe it could even calm you down. It is a super fast read as all of his books.
  • Piotr Majkowski
    2018-10-17
    Some good ideas but generally I am not impressed.
  • Guilherme Ferreira
    2018-11-05
    Jason and David, did a great job again, thourgh well-written and extreme lean articles, they inspire us to seek and build a calm work environment, this book is full of tips for all kinds of companies
  • Justin Ruckman
    2018-10-06
    Love Jason Fried’s philosophy, but because I follow him on Twitter and read the Basecamp blog, I felt like I’d heard all these points before.
  • Eric Barnes
    2018-10-08
    Great book. It’s a quick read but full of great business advice that is designed to buck the current trend of growth above everything. It’s refreshing to see companies start to value and take care of employees by working sane hours and setting realistic deadlines. Of course, that is but a small part of the book and it touches on many different areas in running a business. If you are an entrepreneur get this book and start creating a calm comp...
  • Chase Dougherty
    2018-11-06
    A business against stereotypical business practices, that’s basecamp. A privately held American web application company based in Chicago, Illinois. Carving the path for a new paradigm, for a new workplace. Primary goal? Lots of money, new horizons, market domination, or changing the world? How about none of the above. That’s right, the new purpose is for a peaceful company. Can we have a successful company where the employees AND customers ar...
  • Niklas Pivic
    2018-10-08
    This book is written by the two founders of Basecamp. I’ve read their previous “Remote”, which I enjoyed. The first two indications that I would like this relatively short book were:a. these sentences:If it’s constantly crazy at work, we have two words for you: Fuck that. And two more: Enough already.b. the fact that they’ve broken up the book into shorter paragraphs, which—considering the format—actually worksThere are a lot of zen...
  • Attila Szabo
    2018-10-13
    DHH and Jason Fried's new book explains how to run a calm company. By calm they mean the opposite of crazy. A calculable, stable and happy place where work get done and the customer is as important as their employees. It's written in a digestable style. They are sharing their learning about building up Basecamp to a company as it is today. Basecamp has no investors, privately owned andprofitable from the first year. Employees spread across the wo...