As a follow up to Rework – the Basecamp boys have released :: It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work.

Like all the books from these guys they are very small chapters with a concept laid out in each chapter so that makes it a quick read. Also you mileage may vary as to how possible it is to implement all the stuff they lay out since the vision they have is always slightly extreme.

My view is I take a few concepts and try to see if I can change my habits or shape my team some.

This book lays out the base premise that work should stay at work during the normal hours and that folks should not work over the weekends, should take holidays and learn to approach everything more calmly. Agree however an individual may not be able to pull much of this off if their bosses don’t buy into any of it.

I think a lot of what they say is true about cutting corners, not sleeping enough, and just trying to do too much.

As a product guy I used to implement some of this – no shipping on Fridays, keep releases simpler, and just try to ship good work even if you didn’t get as much in as you wanted. I have always thought this was my pillar to product management but it amazes me how many CEOs just don’t get it. As a CTO many times I was just trying to protect my team from management and their dumb ideas for how to manage product. So product people can find some nuggets around how to do this a better way but management has to buy in.

I love their concept of office hours – where management is available at certain times each week and available for any sort of AMA. Versus constantly booking meetings and having check ins. I like this one. Might try to implement this.

I love disagree and commit. So many times there is the notion of moving forward with someone else’s idea and getting behind it but you may not agree with it. Versus continually arguing about it and wasting more time than moving on and learning.

There is a bunch of others. I may go back through and note the ones to try and build on since the book is full of them but not easy to put all in motion.

I figure the middle ground around their core concepts is where I fit in for the most part.


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