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 ...

Details It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

TitleIt Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work
Release DateOct 2nd, 2018
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Management, Self Help

Reviews It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

  • Bill
    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...
  • Youghourta
    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...
  • John Weldy
    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 ...
  • Adii Pienaar
    Listened to the audiobook. Love the clarity and conciseness of the book. It does so without losing any punch or impact too.
  • Matt Goddard
    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 ...
  • Koray Al
    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...
  • Arturo Herrero
    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...
  • Vitor Capela
    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...
  • Justin Ruckman
    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.
  • Niklas Pivic
    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...
  • Dave van Herten
    I enjoyed this book much more than Rework and Remote (although I did like those too). While it was much of what you would expect if you read Signal v Noise it was still very concise and organized in a way that made it a really easy read.I appreciated that in every example they described exactly how they tackle the status quo with how they do things at Basecamp. That problem -> example flow was very refreshing over just stating "oh hey, you should...
  • Isaac Lyman
    This book is the kid who flipped off the camera during school pictures, took a year off to travel, got C's in college, missed a lot of parties, and somehow got the happily-ever-after everyone else dreams about.Maybe its best quality is the way it wrecks traditional business memes, from "out-work the competition" to "open floor plans foster collaboration" to "set high goals." I'm giddy just thinking about all the cufflink-wearing, LinkedIn-post-wr...
  • Bouke
    Nice and concise book that’s all content and no fluff. It’s structured in small chapters that all stand in their own, so it’s easy to read a couple of chapters and then go do something else. Some of my favorites were:The outwork myth – its a myth that you can outwork the competition by working 80 hours instead of a healthy rhythm. Doing this will just leave you in shambles. Nobody hits the ground running – don’t expect to start a new ...
  • Gayatri Iyer
    To someone who spends more than 40 hours in a week working, this was a refreshing read. I picked this book up (well not literally because i was reading on my kindle :)) in the morning and couldn't put it down - finished reading in a few hours. While I do not agree with everything in the book ( for e.g. no goals at all - I can hardly ever do that), I would like to follow and change my ways to most of the recommendations made ( for e.g. uninterrupt...
  • Chris York
    Brilliant insight from someone who has proven it with experience I had to read this book in 1 sitting. Once I started reading it, I couldn’t put it down. Each chapter I found my self silently yelling, Yes! Most of the ideas in this book are counter to every company I have ever worked with operates. Most people reading this book don’t work for a calm company and the ideas presented here are completely foreign to their management of their compa...
  • Brian Swanick
    30 second review:I've applied lots of ideas from David and Jason over the years, having read both Remote and Rework. This is an extension of those ideas and one that I read at the perfect time. I constantly reconsider how I work and you'll find lots to think about if you do the same.Quick and easy read, I finished it over a couple days without much effort. It's perfect for business owners or managers who don't want to do "business as usual" and a...
  • Eric Barnes
    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...
  • Matias Singers
    If you ever read the Basecamp blog or follow Jason + DHH on Twitter, you probably won’t find much new stuff in this book. As usual, it’s a great marketing piece for their company, and a lot of the ideas challenge and provoke standard practices. Unfortunately, the ideas aren’t given much room to be expanded and explored further, and they all come in rapid-fire succession chapter after chapter. It’s also extremely light on implementation an...
  • Danny Galic
    Like previous book Rework, it's a common sense business advice based on personal experience. It's not a recipe, author is against generic 'best practicwa' accepted blindly like folklor. It encourages independent path in finding the right way to work and values independence and calm over growth and 'crazy'. Many authors talk about work life balance but DHH probably explains it most genuinely, with real examples - it's clear he lives that philosphy...
  • Mandar
    4.5 stars.This book isn't for every company, and every founder. Like all things :-) Jason and DHH's message resonates with me. I like their work, their writing, and the important conversation they keep having, when all the craziness of the tech world consumes us.(Half star off for the lack of depth in some of the chapters; they sound too superficial.)
  • Darrin Holst
    Another short read from these guys. I went into it expecting it to be a basecamp is awesome book, but there was actually a lot of good content here. I especially liked the stuff on salary, compensation, bonuses and office library rules.
  • Mayur
    Want to know how to build a great business without making the pillars feel exhausted? Want to know how to make you work, team, or business fun? Not sure what really matters in business? Still figuring it out? Start reading this book to get answers for most of these from people who have build a good product that people love, and who have built a company that employees love!
  • Timo Rößner
    Where "Remote" felt a bit shallow, this one has more substance and gives a lot of relatable examples how to create and maintain a "calm" company culture. For me the best work of Fried and Hanson so far.
  • Cristian Miranda Lavarello
    Direct, Simple and To The BoneOnce again, Jason and David crearse a Master Piece. Is a quick book, full with tips and as clear as anyone can’t argue. Calm Down. Jobs this days can’t be any more crazy.
  • Nikolay Theosom
    i find i crazy that they use books as a marketing vehicle. and the weird thing is it's probably pays for itself too!the book is kind of okay, doesn't really add much to the previous two and their recent rants on the internet. still good to read
  • Ted Alling
    I took away some great thoughts like the way they treat their employees and more hours you put in doesn't necessarily equal great production but felt too much like a company promotional book (smart for them). I think they run a great sustainable company.
  • André Tamura
    The best business book of the decade by far. Jason Fried and David Hansson should be the role model of succesful entrepreneur and company management. This book is incredable pratical! Since Rework, i’m using Basecamp (once called 37Signals) as a example and inspiration to run my company.
  • David
    I feel I have read almost all their ideas from their own blog and/or previous books, but still marvelous ideas and insights. Worth the refresher and, if you do not follow them on their blog, definitely a must read.
  • Gerry
    Great business book. Much like Rework it's a collection of short essays (aka blog posts). If you follow Basecamp on Twitter lots of the material will be familiar but the book wraps it all together in a great collection.