Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
About the authors
Jason Fried is the co-founder and president of Basecamp (also known as 37Signals), a Chicago-based company that has been building web-based productivity tools since 1999. Programmer David Heinemeier Hansson has been at the company for over 14 years and is now a partner.
Rework is divided into short, incisive chapters which discuss approaches for small businesses, on the premise that less is often more. Fried and Heinemeier Hansson argue that, instead of trying to be the biggest or the best with over-complicated ideas, ‘simplicity done well’ is the way forward. This is not a traditional business instruction manual with mechanistic business plans or check lists, this is a book about flexibility, focusing on quality not quantity, improving efficiency and understanding productivity.
Why should I read it?
Figuring out what you do well and doing it better than anyone else is key to any business, from corner shops to schools to vast multinationals. Addressing these concepts from a different perspective, Rework’s authors have proved their theories through the success of their company Basecamp. Rework will give you a new approach to your school, encouraging you to be flexible and open to change, whilst not compromising on the qualities that set you apart from the competitors, and highlighting the features that make your school unique.
Excerpts of choice
‘There’s always enough time if you spend it right’’
‘The ability to change course is one of the big advantages of being small.’
‘It’s like when you are on hold and a recorded voice comes on telling you how much the company values you as a customer. Really? Then maybe you should hire some more support people so I don’t have to wait thirty minutes to get help.’