About the book “It doesn’t have to be crazy at work”
A brief review of a book written by 37signals
Why do I like Basecamp (ex 37 signals)? Of course, because of the number 37 itself. However, they did a great job when they showed how to do a great product with a small but motivated team without bureaucracy.
What they also do really well — they make statements, which are opposite to the current managerial dogmas. And you realize that it is not only you who is a black swan, but there are also the others who think in the same way.
- Commitment, not consensus — Good decisions don’t so much need consensus as they need commitment.
- Promise not to promise — Promises pile up like debt and they accrue interest, too. Promises are easy and cheap to make, actual work is hard and expensive.
- The wrong time for real-time — Following group chat at work is like being in an all-day meeting with random participants and no agenda. It’s completely exhausting. Chat is great as a small slice but not the whole pie of communication.