Today, I recommend a book that I just finished recently and read a second time: Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.
I have long been a great believer in the philosophy of simplicity which is cultivated by
37signals so successfully. Already their first (free) book Getting Real (also as paperback version) I read with great interest.
But with Rework they have achieved a true masterpiece. Not without reason, it is a bestseller in the US and the UK. Critics and CEO praise the book in the highest terms (Seth Godin, John Maeda, Chris Anderson, and others).
And unlike the rather simple Getting Real, there’s Rework as a hardcover version, in a very attractive binding and with fantastic drawings by Mike Rohde.
The official website of the book offers a sample excerpt, three funny promotional videos, tons of words of praise and quotes, photos of enthusiastic readers, and a full chapter overview.
Getting Real was specially created for programmers who want to successfully complete a project - Rework, on the other hand, is suitable for every employee and employer, from the managing director to the administrator.
With just 21,000 words, the book offers valuable tips for getting a productive and fulfilling working day. Of course, much of this is not new (some points have already been found in Getting Real), and none of this has been invented by
37signals , but so far I’ve read so many good tips nowhere else in such brevity and conciseness.
And for the very ready lazy people, there is even an audiobook version.