jason fried – rework

jason fried 3 bw
our fav [we inserted school]..
work is where
founder of 37signals:
37 signals site

bif 6: jason fried

Here’s a bit of business advice you don’t hear too often: do less than your competition, spend less money, hire fewer people, work fewer hours and offer fewer features. So says Jason Fried, merchant of simplicity.
yay….  Basecamp, an online project management system,
Fried’s guiding philosophy:
stay small
and keep it simple.
“There are too many options out there, too many features, and too many products that try to do too many things,” he says. “Software has become complex and bloated. It grows for the benefit of the upgrade sales cycle, not the customer.”
There are great advantages to being small because it forces people to focus only on what’s most important, Fried says. It’s really easy to hire a lot of people but then you have to keep them busy. “So you give them stuff to do,” he says. “Unfortunately, most of that stuff doesn’t matter but it ends up getting into your product which makes the product more complex.”

…. “We kept saying, ‘If this stuff is so important, and we spend 50 percent-plus of our time on it, why do we forget about it later?”

You would think, given Fried’s penchant for small team environments that he’s surrounded himself with the most brilliant minds, but that’s not the case. “I don’t advocate building a small team of gurus. It’s more about having a few good generalists. They need to be passionate, motivated, curious and willing to learn. We’re all good at what we do, and we work well together. That’s a good team.”
His independent spirit and willingness to dole out advice, have given the man and his company a cult-like status among his growing group of fans. His contrarian opinions, which include, “kill all your meetings, they waste employees’ time; interruption is the biggest enemy of productivity; all the things you think you need, you don’t,” have helped shape the 37signals brand. With more than 65,000 readers coming to his company’s blog, Signal vs. Noise, it’s safe to say that Fried has hit a nerve.
Sept 15 & 16
man.. i quote him every day – read rework
Jason was at bif6 – wow to that.
i quote Rework daily. (fyi to the people who can’t hear me)
book links to amazon
on the plane to and from Providence (which i fell in love with) –
i read Daniel Coyle’s Talent Code.
[which @kessampanthar recommended to me like a year ago. he recommended that and Carol Dweck’s Mindset. the 2 books i put off till last on my then current list. silly me.]so – my take…
Coyle’s deep practice bleeds of Fried’s rework.it was like – that’s how you do it.
the mash-up for me:
before reading talent code – rework was my play book for making days matter. like i would focus on orchestrating better time slots. (i’m sure a disservice to rework’s intent.)
after reading talent code – rework is the bi-product (as i’m assuming was it’s intent) of my inner emotion (@nabilharfoush) and ignition.so to me – right now – rework is part of the detox (critique requested) most of us need.
the writing lessons begin..
from 2009

  • think about what you really need to say
  • write it in place
  • figure remove what’s non-essential
  • pare it down
  • make sure you’re getting to the point without using terms that require additional explanation
  • rewrite – without looking
  • compare with the original – see if you’re missing anything important
  • wrap it up.

from 2007 write for the reader

one of my favorite stories on Fried:
jason fried interview
this is huge, perhaps ginormous … when asked:

How many employees would stay to work Fridays?
I don’t know.
Because you weren’t there!
We don’t track things in that way. I don’t look at that. I don’t want to encourage that kind of work. I want to encourage quality work.


We don’t track things in that way.

I don’t look at that.

I don’t want to encourage that kind of work.

amazing what even a raised eyebrow can do.
let’s not encourage what we are trying to escape ourselves. no?
jason's site
sept 2014 interview at 99u:
the problem we are trying to solve is not going away – how to make people for effective/efficient together
that chaos is man-made so can be man-prevented too.. (i don’t think businesses have to be chaotic where everyone is sweating… happens often when the goal is to get big fast).. i like to think of business as a long walk rather than a sprint
https://thedistance.com/ magazine highlighting businesses that have been around for 25 yrs or more – celebrating longevity
(paraphrase): rather than equity – money you might get in the future, we think giving current experiences, ie: paid vacations, guitar lessons, … prove to be more valuable to humans/relationships. it’s something in the now. even as opposed to giving money – giving the vacation or lessons is something the person might not do themselves if they were given the money.
basecampapp chip ness
My “Work Can Wait” piece about Basecamp 3 is really striking a chord with a lot of people. Stats so far…http://t.co/13eXUYchk2

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