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, Leadership, Productivity

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...
  • Simon Eskildsen
    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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Alex
    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 ...
  • 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...
  • Willian Molinari
    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 ...
  • Ivana
    The praise of calm, commited, well-formulated, thought-through work environment. An antithesis to war metaphors in business literature and the talk about the need to grow endlessly (like The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers) or the urgent need to be "happy" or "family".EDIT: There actually is one topic I actually miss in this book - the perspective of the remotely working employee of Basecamp. Just ...
  • Alex Givant
    Excellent book on how to build sane business.
  • Richard Newton
    Nice. It’s good to read business advice from successful business people that is so calm and takes a different line from almost any other I’ve read. Assuming working for Basecamp really is as good as the picture the authors paint then anyone working there is pretty lucky.A few stylistic quibbles aside this is a great enjoyable read. The only bit which jars for Europeans is flagging 3 weeks paid leave as something special - everyone I know gets...
  • Seyfeddin
    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...
  • Philipp
    Alternative title: 'Come work at Basecamp!'There's something weird about modern work culture, things our grandfathers have fought and died for, like the 40 hour work-week, are being unrolled, not directly by your mean bosses, but by neoliberalism/late stage capitalism's magic trick that implanted a tiny voice within yourself, telling you that if you don't give 200%, you'll be left behind. (For more discussion on this weird development, see Byung-...
  • Marko Suomi
    Hyvää haastamista "työelämä on hirveää kaaosta aaarrggghh" -hokemille. Moni asia on muutettavissa jos on oikeasti tahtoa, esim. itsensä työlle uhraamisen palvonta. Oikein hyvä, kevyt mutta myös syvällinen työelämäkirja.
  • José
    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 ...
  • Romans Karpelcevs
    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...
  • Adii Pienaar
    Listened to the audiobook. Love the clarity and conciseness of the book. It does so without losing any punch or impact too.
  • Mikhail Kulakov
    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...
  • Artjoms Haleckis
    Short and easy to read set of valuable advice.After working in different kind of companies, I have identified that calmness is one of the key factors when choosing my next workplace, and this book proved once again that it's possible to achieve easily.Thinking about incorporating asking to "describe how crazy it is at your work" to any potential employer during interviews.
  • 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...
  • Jitariu Catalin
    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.
  • Guilherme Ferreira
    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
  • Andra
    Basecamp founders Jason Fried and DHH have the uncanny ability to provide a clearheaded account of their process, decisions and the outcomes that result from them in a way that inspires, drives and motivates others.Their concise writing style is a reflection of the way they intertwine utility with perspective-altering insights that challenge the status quo and cut through the BS to focus on what really matters.This is a book meant to be read and ...
  • Caleb
    After reading this book, I feel more empowered to help cultivate a “calm” culture in my work/workplace. Each chapter in this book is a little nugget you can apply to help improve your life and company culture. I love the concept that your company/team is your number one product, from which flow all other products. Treat your product/team well, and everything will go better. My favorite chapters were: “office hours”, “dreadlines”, “d...
  • Emily
    This is a ridiculously quick read full of insights and gems. There's so much space on the pages, though, that you'll feel like you're just reading a collection of tweets from the authors rather than an actual book.I'm totally on board with everything these Basecamp leaders advocate for. Yes to fewer meetings, yes to fewer disruptions, yes to getting deep work done. But of course, that's much easier said than done, especially when you're not in a ...
  • Andre Jontza
    Dieses Buch gibt dem Leser zahlreiche Ideen, die tägl. Arbeit geregelter zu gestalten. Priorisieren, Teams nicht größer als 3 Personen, keine Massenmeetings, 8h Schlaf, Sprechzeiten installieren, flüstern im Großraumbüro usw. Einiges, wie keine Business Ziele ausrufen ist fragwürdig und funktioniert sicherlich nicht in allen Unternehmen. Vieles wird am Beispiel des Unternehmens der Autoren veranschaulicht. Ich nehme tatsächlich einiges ab...
  • Stella
    This is an easy read with nuggets of advice on how to establish a calm organisation or be calm in the office through reasonable work practices and through curbing your ambition. It is common sense; implementing the authors' advice is likely going to be more successful at smaller organisations, however the take-aways and approach can be applied by many.
  • Daniil Lanovyi
    I enjoyed all Jason's books and only hope more companies will embrace a calm way of working. “A great work ethic isn’t about working whenever you’re called upon. It’s about doing what you say you’re going to do, putting in a fair day’s work, respecting the work, respecting the customer, respecting coworkers, not wasting time, not creating unnecessary work for other people, and not being a bottleneck. Work ethic is about being a fundam...
  • William Fish
    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...