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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Rework

I've been reading Rework by the 37signals guys. It's a very fast read, consisting of a series of brief essays grouped into different thematic chapters.

Most of the essays are bracingly irreverent, but I've been finding that many of them contain at least some elements that match my own perceptions having worked at small companies, large companies, and in both the public and private sectors.

Here are a few tidbits from one of my favorites, their essay Meetings are toxic(!).
The worst interruptions of all are meetings. Here's why: ... They require thorough preparation that most people don't have time for. They frequently have agendas so vague that nobody is really sure of the goal...
and
If you decide that you absolutely must get together, try to make your meeting a productive one by sticking to these simple rules: ... Always have a clear agenda. Begin with a specific problem. ...
I've really enjoyed reading this, and would recommend it to almost anyone, but particularly those that work at places that rely heavily on tech.

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