Another great asset from the guys who brought us 37signals. Sometimes I think I only want to be a full time project manager in order to use all of their tools, all of the time! It was great to get into the head of the writers and get some background to their products and why they do the things they do. This book has also inspired me to read more of Jason Fried’s work in the magazine INC. Thanks Frances for the subscription.
Although I really enjoyed this book, I will say that where I think they were coming from and where they say they are coming from are 2 different places. I would say that this is a reflective piece on the development of 37signals and in hindsight they are telling us what has worked for them, but they speak from a place that sounds like they planned to do it this way (in some way) from day one. I really agree with what they have done and how they have organized themselves, and in fact it has allowed me to sort through the course load in my Project Management program right now and all the info in the PMBOK. The information overload I have received was overwhelming at times, but now I am inspired to create my own stream and it has made the program more enjoyable. However, the proverbial chip on Jason’s shoulder at times was a little much, but maybe that’s my Canadianisms coming out.
If you are looking for a book that inspires you to get work done and to run a clean streamlined office, system, team, or business I highly recommend this book. For my CP rating I give it a 4.5/5.