Rework Book Review

Published: 12 Mar 2010

I rarely read books cover to cover in four hours. I rarely pre-order books six months in advance. I very rarely write reviews about the books I read. Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37Signals.com challenge people to rework the philosophy behind starting a company and being successful at it. Just as they describe how to think out side the box, I'm taking a break from my normal routine to write this review.

If you're at all familiar with the folks at 37Signals, you know that they emphasize words like "build half, not half-ass" and "throw less at the problem" without sacrificing quality and in turn success. As you read Rework, these words come to mind because it's composed in much the same way. Keeping your attention captivated by saying something about a subject without feeling the need to devote 30, 20 or even 10 pages to it. The writing style is very concise morsels (short essays) of helpful information in deliberate chronological order from starting a company to who and when to hire to keeping the momentum of a successful company going years after starting it.

Rework is the kind of book that you can put down and then pick right back up months later to finish, but why would you? As you read it, you can easily relate to every point made.

I've enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone who is just starting out doing some consulting or already has a successful business.