- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 2 hours and 50 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: March 9, 2010
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003BLGD06
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The authors give you guidance and some strategy on the approach of running a business as a starter (not a startup). It's based on experience with some references, but it is not a theoretical book.
They deliberately defy all the stereotypical actions associated with startups, and for good reason. Drawing on their own successful experiences, they want you to actually give it a go.
I would recommend it as a light read for people running as a Micro-ISV software business, and a how to avoid the classic mistakes. Alot of classic mistakes new starters will make. There is no single way to run the business nor get started. And this is what they explain.
The authors cover all the major aspects of running a micro-ISV, from thinking about your product, to having meetings, making decisions, to getting more people. All of it is quite sensible and very practical. I wouldn't say it's revolutionary, but I found it re-assuring to read and then compare to the way I am doing things, basically helped motivate me to keep going.
The only drawback is that it is a little too anecdotal and don't find that it's gonna turn me into the next Jeff Bezo's, it's more in the lines of operational advice. It's all about execution not trying to find a good idea.
So, in summary, it's a good book to help overcome any mental roadblocks you may have created for yourself in the anxiety about whether to invest time and sweat in starting a small business. I recommend it as a buy.
Don't get me wrong. I think a lot of people should read the book, and it helped put a name on some pitfalls to avoid (namely staffing & client relationships). Yet at the end of the book I was wondering where the amazing summary and conclusion for all this thinking was. There isn't much of a summary at all. The book ends as it starts and it's done.
On the flip side, this may be a bonus who wants to read a great book without having to really dive into it. Rework is a book you can read 1.5 pages per sitting and get a lot out of it.
I liked it when I read it, and I'll reference it in the future. I think it was a good purchase.
It's easy and fun to read; with a pinch of salt, of course.
The ideas put forward in this book are what I would call "irreverent commonsense".
It questions the "well behaved" manner of doing business and develop products and it is a "must read" specially for to open minds; we know, in the software industry, that certain classical approaches to development are a sure recipe for failure (actually they(we) carry on copying other industries that are intrinsically different: assembly lines and building/civil engineering); but that is still what some customers/decision makers want to hear because "it's serious".
I recommend this book to my students, not only for the ideas it presents but also for them to create a mental habit of good irreverence that can lead to innovation and better ways of doing things.
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