Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work Hardcover – October 2, 2018
|New from||Used from|
Explore your book, then jump right back to where you left off with Page Flip.
View high quality images that let you zoom in to take a closer look.
Enjoy features only possible in digital – start reading right away, carry your library with you, adjust the font, create shareable notes and highlights, and more.
Discover additional details about the events, people, and places in your book, with Wikipedia integration.
Ask Alexa to read your book with Audible integration or text-to-speech.
Books with Buzz
Discover the latest buzz-worthy books, from mysteries and romance to humor and nonfiction. Explore more
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
“Each [chapter is] packed with a punch that seems both profound and practical—profound for how clear and different they tend to be from most accepted business wisdom, and practical because almost everything they describe is immediately applicable.” (800-CEO-READ)
“In short, jargon-free chapters, the authors challenge the way many of today’s businesses are run.” (Financial Times)
“An urgent conversation to have.” (Wall Street Journal)
About the Author
JASON FRIED is the cofounder and CEO of Basecamp. He started the company back in 1999 and has been running the show ever since. Along with David, he wrote Getting Real, REWORK, and REMOTE. When it comes to business, he thinks things are simple until you make them complicated. And when it comes to life, we’re all just trying to figure it out as we go.
DAVID HEINEMEIER HANSSON is the cofounder of Basecamp and the New York Times bestselling coauthor of REWORK and REMOTE. He’s also the creator of the software toolkit Ruby on Rails, which has been used to launch and power Twitter, Shopify, GitHub, Airbnb, Square, and over a million other web applications. Originally from Denmark, he moved to Chicago in 2005 and now divides his time between the US and Spain with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys 200-mph race cars in international competition, taking cliché pictures of sunsets and kids, and ranting far too much on Twitter.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
• Employees should not be expected to work after work. 40 hours is plenty.
• Team communication does not need an immediate response.
• Less meetings
• Equal pay for equal seniority.
• Focus on process/gradual improvement vs. arbitrary goals
• CEO’s should think through how a sudden idea or words can alter the course of company culture and how projects get done
...the list goes on
But sadly, these “duhness” principles seem to be the exception in the working world. As an employee of a company who adopts a small share of their principles, I hope this book will serve as a symbol for change.
My knee jerk reaction to this book was its mainly for CEOs, founders, and managers, those in positions of power, to implement the ideas in this book. While I think they do hold the greater share of responsibility to make the change, I believe it is a interdependent change on employer and employee.
For employees, it's a call to analyze your own workplace habits and get better at drawing boundaries. Akin to how holding hidden expectations in a relationship will corrode the relationship if not communicated, acting as if your situation is futile without trying is the easy way out. Look I am scared here. Speaking up I risk being shut down or worse getting fired. However, I feel like it is the right thing to do. The challenge is communicating the ideas in this book so they will be listened to. Rome was not built in a day.
And for those in positions of power, this book shows it does not have to be a trade off between accomplishing something great and having a life outside work. I get that this is an uphill battle as popular culture celebrates the grinders, hustlers...the blood sweat and tears that people wear as a badge of honor. As the book title suggest, there’s a calmer way. This book shows it can be YES AND, not EITHER/OR. Yes you can be effective at work, become rich, leave a dent in this universe AND have a life outside it. Your legacy can be you left a trail of happy, healthy humans who genuinely thought of you as a good boss or manager. You’re happier. They’re happier. You can see your family, friends, and so can they. That seems pretty good to me, even if you don’t accomplish your mission of saving the whales :)
As a fan of Basecamp for sometime, many of these ideas you’ll find on their blog, however, the book feels different. From the choice on ordering how the ideas are presented, the illustrations, and just physical love for books...it’s different than the blog.
If you’re hesitant because the blog is free, do yourself a favor and get the living, breathing thing. Having this book is a great reminder; a great reminder of the world I’d like to live in. A great reminder that there is a saner way to work.
Along the way I was constantly highlighting bits that really resonated with me or that I would use as reminders for how I want to effect change at work to be more effective and calm.
The book itself is a joy to read as it's laid out in very small, concise, easily-digestible chapters. It doesn't drone on and bury you in explanation, examples, and irrelevant backstory as some books of this nature are wont to do. It gives you the point, a relevant example, caveats, and then lets you think for yourself on the merits of it. Perfect.
Some of the stand-out topics for me, paraphrased:
* Salary negotiations are a load of BS
* Meetings, especially large ones, are an ineffective waste of time. Doubly-so if they have no agenda.
* Unregulated open office plans are terrible. They invite distraction and hamper productivity.
* "When someone takes your time, it doesn't cost them anything, but it costs you everything"
* Keeping up with group chat, emails, other notifications, is a terrible way to spend your day and time
* "Where you live has nothing to do with the quality of your work, and it's the quality of your work that we're paying you for"
* Projects with inflexible scope and deadlines are a recipe for stress, dread, and missed expectations.
* Perks designed to keep you at the office are evil. Better find a company that encourages you to have a life outside of work.
All in all, great book. I'll be buying it as gifts for some office-bound friends and family.
I am taking notes for things that are bugging the crap out of me at work. And I fear I may have to sleep more and stop trying to do a day job and get a "do good" business for first responders rolling in the evenings and weekends.
Great tips like:
* Set up office hours (to avoid being constantly disrupted at the pleasure of everyone else)
* Make your calendar private so people cannot slice up your day for their gain and your loss
* Keep team dependencies minimized
* It's okay to do okay work when that level of quality is just fine
Though "Your Mileage May Vary" is certainly good advice about this book, nonetheless, it supplies a lot of real-world examples of crap and possible solutions that might give you hope, if not a direct-fit recipe.
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 since I always read on my kindle, the book feels cheap (a lot of white space and different color and font type on different pages) on the inside, although the outside is nice and classy once you remove the outside cover.
Top international reviews
Like Rework, this book provides fresh perspective on running a business. Many of the topics are common sense in hindsight, yet rarely seen in businesses focusing exclusively on profits. A few chapters are truly insightful and have stuck with me, particularly those relating to pricing products. The chapter on employee benefits made me want to work at Basecamp, which was perhaps the point.
Unlike Rework, however, this book felt long-winded in places. A few of the chapters felt light on content and stretched to fill the word count. It's possible my opinion is coloured by Rework, where common ground is covered. Perhaps this left me thinking some chapters are "obvious", when fresh readers would find all of it insightful.
I'm definitely a fan of the Basecamp guys and will no doubt buy their next book, should they write one. If you've read none of their previous work, definitely give this a read and pick up Rework too. If more businesses were run this way, the world would be a much better place.
I enjoyed the style, the chapters breeze along, there is nothing that reinvents the wheel but if you can implement a handful of the strategies in this book into your working life you will be all the better for it, from both a mental health and productivity perspective.
Overall a very good read, there are more technically challenging books with regards to productivity and goal orientation out there such as Rework, and at times it can seem like the author is self promoting Basecamp as an entirely new business model. However, take it for what it is, a look at the business model that Basecamp has adopted and try to implement some of that into your own business or workday.
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 at least 5 (excluding public holidays which are on top). But this is one detail in a book full showing a really pleasant attitude to work and business.
If you happen to work for an awful employer I’m not sure if this book will irritate or inspire though!
Sometimes it's insightful sometimes too brief and superficial to be helpful. For example the section on hiring which basically boils down to 'we hire great people'.
If you have read Rework or the authors online writing much of it will be familiar.
If you haven't, go and buy a copy of Rework rather than this book.
I would recommend every book so far from these guys, keep up the good work!