Change the Way You Work Forever

Today, I recommend a book that I 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 successfully. Their first (free) book Getting Real (as paperback version) I read with great interest.

Getting Real: The smarter, faster, easier way to build a successful web application

But with Rework they have achieved a true masterpiece. Not without reason, it is a bestseller in the US and the UK. Critics and CEOs praise the book in the highest terms (Seth Godin, John Maeda, Chris Anderson, and others).

And unlike the simple Getting Real, there’s Rework as a hardcover version, in an 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 created for programmers who want to complete a project. Rework, on the other hand, is suitable for every employee and employer, from the managing director to the administrator.

With 21,000 words, the book offers valuable tips for getting a productive and fulfilling working day. Much of this is not new (similar topics can be found in Getting Real), and none of this has been invented by 37signals, but I’ve read nowhere as many good tips in brevity and conciseness.

And for the lazy people, there is even an audiobook version.