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The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work Scott Berkun The Year Without Pants WordPress com and the Future of Work A behind the scenes look at the firm behind WordPress and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success million websites or twenty percent of the entire web use WordPress soft

  • Title: The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work
  • Author: Scott Berkun
  • ISBN: 9781118660638
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work Scott Berkun A behind the scenes look at the firm behind WordPress and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software The force behind WordPress is a convention defying company called Automattic, Inc whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use emaA behind the scenes look at the firm behind WordPress and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software The force behind WordPress is a convention defying company called Automattic, Inc whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use email, and launch improvements to their products dozens of times a day With a fraction of the resources of Google or Facebook, they have a similar impact on the future of the Internet How is this possible What s different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods To find out, former Microsoft veteran Scott Berkun worked as a manager at WordPress, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress s phenomenal success from the inside Berkun s story reveals insights on creativity, productivity, and leadership from the kind of workplace that might be in everyone s future.Offers a fast paced and entertaining insider s account of how an amazing, powerful organization achieves impressive resultsIncludes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativityWritten by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun scottberkun The Year Without Pants shares what every organization can learn from the world changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattic s success.
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    1. Wow, is it weird to read a book about your company I was employee 10, worked at Automattic for 5 years, and left Automattic about six months before Berkun left.I wish I had this book to read while I was at Automattic It would have shaped my thinking Of course, this is going to be my favorite Berkun book, but I need to withhold two stars because of my bias Berkun earns back the two stars because of the pithy prose, but I ll again dock a star for the awkwardness of it all are there other business [...]

    2. I generally can t stand reviews posted by folks who didn t finish the book, but this is one of them I struggled through the first fifty pages and simply could not engage even though I can count on one hand the number of books I ve failed to finish The book felt like a decently but not well written journal about one person s work experience with a bunch of ho hum colleagues No interesting characters, no exciting insight into the company I wasn t planning to post a review, but I recently started T [...]

    3. If sometimes you wonder whether everything possible hasn t already been written about startups, business, software startups, software businesses and so on ad nauseum , you wouldn t be alone.Certainly, the industry which examines this seems pretty healthily active Books, lectures, blawgs, twits, you name it, the space is pretty full.And so it might seem strange that I m about to recommend a book on this very subject.But I am, wholeheartedly I m endorsing this, yo Scott Berkun s fifth and latest b [...]

    4. I m pretty stingy with five star reviews To get five stars a book needs to be something that I think I will come back to It has to have the potential to become an old friend The Year Without Pants fits that perfectly In the book Scott Berkun trades his speaking, writing and consulting life for some time working at Automattic, the creators of blogging platform Wordpress I ve done the consulting, industry, consulting dance and it s both fun and scary to be responsible for what you recommend Its ev [...]

    5. It s interesting that a book about the author s experience working for a company with a distributed work model focuses so much on his time spent with his team during in person meet ups.

    6. I m very happy that this book exists as proof that remote working really does work I hope that other companies and leaders will be inspired by it to experiment with different work models I thought it was inspiring that Wordpress agreed to hire Scott Berkun in the first place since he wasn t like their past team leaders not from a development background They also don t use emails, but instead blogs called P2s Wordpress doesn t really have deadlines or set schedules which definitely has pros and c [...]

    7. The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun, one of the good book which insists a culture which gives freedom for an employee without compromising company s productive When Matt Mullenweg, Founder of Wordpress explains about Participatory Journalism auto smile mode of mine turned ON He explains Wordpress s Work culture, growth, falls and transitions from an initial Some facts like, 15th most popular website, powers 20% of entire websites etc shows WordPress s power of today I am not sure, WordPress s [...]

    8. Strongly recommend this to any non technical dev team leads, and of course, anyone looking into remote working Some great insight I took a lot from it.

    9. The first half of this book is very good, with high level observations on workflows, team interactions, processes and questions that can help tackle the real issues behind the challenges of a new way to work distributed, with fewer processes and friction and a lot empowerment and personal responsibility The second part is a bit descriptive, going into details of how things worked on a daily basis at Automattic, but also during complex projects I had a lot to learn from it and it s definitely a [...]

    10. As a WordPress developer, I picked up this book hoping I would be able to learn about WordPress, how it came to be, and even about remote companies This book gave me all of that and .Scott Berkun talks about how he was hired onto Team Social at WordPress as a project manager and how WordPress Automattic operates compared to other technology and remote companies like it One of the most interesting things I learned in the first half of the book was that every employee at WordPress spends time do [...]

    11. Scott Berkun details his year of working at Automattic, the makers of the ubiquitous WordPress platform Having come from the relatively staid Microsoft, Berkun evidently found many aspects of the culture at Automattic intriguing In particular, Automattic s distributed workforce all its employees work remotely was a big adjustment and lent the book its tongue in cheek title.At first, Berkun feared his greatest strength as a leader, his ability to get to the bottom of an issue in a face to face ch [...]

    12. Thousand tickets closed over the same period Right, haha, from my own experience, when you get an idiotic answer from tech support, you simply ditch it It is rare thing to find a business with professional technical support Last great one was from Stripe a simple frontend issue, but they quickly gathered the team of three people on weekend and solved it I was amazed, no one works on weekends Usually there sits some idiot from distant country who knows nothing about the industry or even technical [...]

    13. When I read a book, I typically take a few good ideas from it and move on Now, imagine a book where you feel directly inside the story, told from the first person perspective, where you actually feel you are there, sharing with the author and laughing with him Imagine a book where you not only feel inspired but you actually want to take action, not after having finished to read but during the process For me, Scott Berkun s The Year Without Pants is such a book I read many business related books [...]

    14. I m still trying to corral my thoughts about this book as I just finished it last night, but what s top of mind is that the book seemed to straddle two identities a business book with the requisite take aways and applications for other business people to learn from and a biographical sketch or first person profile of Automattic and WordPress It leans heavily in my opinion on the latter.I think the book would have been stronger had it focused on one or the other, but I found it an interesting re [...]

    15. This book provides an insider s look at the fascinating adventure of working at a tech company running a very popular web platform Even interesting since I was on the inside during the author s tenure For laypeople I love how the book provides a clear view of the history and culture behind Automattic and WordPress I ll be giving copies to my family I loved the clear treatment of remote work and distributed companies, and I think it ll have an impact on how people think about their work and work [...]

    16. The narrative ends up reading, ironically, like a blog about working at WordPress Berkun is a bit all over the place, and while he touches on some unique topics like the culture of WP, I couldn t help feeling that the picture is so very incomplete He ran team Social, and yet the presence of any non team members is noticeable As if there was no collective social personality of the company Perhaps this is a net result of the distributed workplace It s a quick read.

    17. Good description of goal oriented company and the way the meaningful things with global impact are completed What matters are the results and not the ammount of time killed in the office According to its success Wordpress is a proof that physical spaces, job titles, and rules are irrelevant for idea driven people.

    18. Really enjoyed this story of Wordpress Automatic and their work environment as experienced and shared by the author As a remote worker myself, I liked the honest reflection on adjusting to work from home work from anywhere vs in person I think the book does a good job of illustrating the value of both remote and in person connections and how they re different.

    19. Solid insightsI m a huge WordPress fan and user I also was an early investor in Intense Debate before WordPress acquired them The stories in the book were great and Scott did a nice job of both telling stories and then generalizing insights from them It dragged in a few places, but overall painted an interesting picture of a fascinating company.

    20. A great book on what it is to work remotely and or lead a geographically distributed team Scott s first person narrative makes this an easy read and makes you feel as though this is a personal conversation over dinner with the author.

    21. Good to get an insight into a major web distributed company and how it operates Maybe too much detail on the projects and gettogethers Would have been good to have the perspective of other employees Well written.

    22. A great look at the culture at Automattic and into distributed work environments I learned a ton about myself and how I can work better I also learned that If I ever start a company I hope to make it such that I can hire workers in a distributed fashion.

    23. No simple conclusions and tips but great advice in general and many things to think about Paired with an easy read I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic.

    24. Scott s surprisingly candid I really enjoyed his inclusion of one on one skype chats and stories of meetups abroad It was also interesting for me to size up his team, feature list, and schedule.

    25. I ve managed several software development projects over the past 15 years or so, and some of them have been with teams whose members were widely scattered geographically Some worked out well, others not so well So I was very interested to read this account of Berkun s year at WordPress, and whether his experience managing a remote team could teach me about challenges and failures I faced in similar situations.I learned some things, and got some ideas but Berkun assumes that readers already know [...]

    26. Scott Berkun is a former employee of Automattic Here in this book he narrates his experience on working in Automattic which is the parent company of famous blogging website wordpress The company is started by Matt Mullenweg after he finished his studies But still the company look like a startup Wordpress is a opensource project and which is build by many volunteers around the world All employees were working remotely and they meet once in a year So far so many meet ups held in many counties duri [...]

    27. I realized at the end of the book from the author himself, that A year without pants is actually considered a business book It s clearly not it doesn t make it bad though, quite the opposite it s like a story of how Automattic, the company behind WordPress works The author tells his journey from his hiring to the day he left.I think the most interesting part is the fact that Automattic is a completely decentralized company, meaning that they don t actually have a proper office Employees are jus [...]

    28. A bit of humanity in remote workI d picked this up as part of researching remote work This was by far the best book I ve read on the subject While the book doesn t provide industry wide experiences, it offers a deeply human perspective on the subject Instead of muddling through trite pieces of advice, I found myself deeply invested in the experience of the author I found the balance of chapters in observations and the author s individual experience compelling, useful, and honest.I d recommend th [...]

    29. Very well written A book I would definitely recommend all PMs, and Engineering Managers read Definitely worth asking oneself what management looks like, and how it can help create the right energies to make people successful The book does a good job introducing the notion that the remote work culture is a function of process and can be enabled by the combination of the right tools and the right framework A bit long, but very few business books will survive that critique.

    30. I was lucky to see Scott Berkun talk recently I work for his alma mater Carnegie Mellon He was fantastic so now I m working my way through his books This book was immensely entertaining and also helpful for someone like me who feels caught between old school and new school rules at work I liked the structure and the fact that he s in the book so much, which feels personal than a lot of business books.

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