Strongly recommend this to any non-technical dev team leads, and of course, anyone looking into remote working. They also don't use emails, but instead blogs called P2s. 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). His work as a writer and speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and other media. Be the first to ask a question about The Year Without Pants. Some facts like, 15th most popular website, powers 20% of entire websites etc... shows WordPress's power of today. When I read a book, I typically take a few good ideas from it and move on. Last great one was from Stripe: a simple frontend issue, but they quickly gathered the team (!) An Amazon.com best book of 2013. A great book on what it is to work remotely and/or lead a geographically distributed team. You can hire him to speak, ask him a question or follow him on Twitter and Facebook. If you’re a fan of my books Making Things Happen or The Myths of Innovation, this is your chance to learn how much of my own advice I followed when thrown back into the real world. I'll be giving copies to my family. All rights reserved unless otherwise noted. 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. I am not sure, WordPress's cultural values like Transparency, Longevity and Meritocracy are possible working formula for other companies, but it grabs my attention as an interesting one. I wasn't planning to post a review, but I recently s. I generally can't stand reviews posted by folks who didn't finish the book, but this is one of them. For me, Scott Berkun's "The Year Without Pants" is such a book. And the new data makes the next decision and the next better than staying on the sidelines desperately trying to predict the future without that time machine.”, “The bottleneck is never code or creativity; it's lack of clarity.”, Mariah Carey Is Telling Her Own Story (and Recommending Books). Once you start moving, you get new data regardless of where you're trying to go. I hope that other companies and leaders will be inspired by it to experiment with different work models. Usually there sits some idiot from distant country who knows nothing about the industry o. It is rare thing to find a business with professional technical support. This book provides an insider's look at the fascinating adventure of working at a tech company running a very popular web platform. —Tim Ferriss, author, New York Times best seller The 4-Hour Workweek, “With humor and heart, Scott has written a letter from the future about a new kind of workplace that wasn’t possible before the internet. I'm pretty stingy with five star reviews. Thought provoking book on a new style of company and management. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work Buy it : at Amazon.com , Barnes and Nobles , Apple or other retailers (e-book, audiobook and print). 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). This book gave me all of that and more. Would have been good to have the perspective of other employees. As a WordPress developer, I picked up this book hoping I would be able to learn more about WordPress, how it came to be, and even more about remote companies. Of course, if the book turned a magic corner at page fifty, I wouldn't know. Scott Berkun is the author of eight popular books on creativity, leadership, philosophy and speaking (more about Scott's background). Few talks about seaside retreats & parties are dragging and as self-boasting. Refresh and try again. The Year Without Pants was one of them. How is this possible? 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. Exciting it was not, but informative. I read many business related. 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 more empowerment and personal responsibility). Maybe it's Wordpress, maybe it's Berkun, but I don't think this one's worth the effort required to read it (unless you have some specialized interest in tech or memoirs or something). Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. This is one of the best books that I've read about work. That might be just enough for a fancy-tickling blurb, but we can do you one better. September 10th 2013 Welcome back. A great look at the culture at Automattic and into distributed work environments. I'm pretty stingy with five star reviews. He ran team Social, and yet the presence of any non team members is noticeable. 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. Also, the fact that work can happen (often in a better way) even if people are not in an office, or even on the same city, country or continent. The Year Without Pants fits that perfectly. The company described here (Automattic) is very inspiring, and Scott is a very good writer. It has to have the potential to become an old friend. When Matt Mullenweg, Founder of Wordpress explains about "Participatory Journalism" auto-smile mode of mine :) turned ON. Also, the fact that work can happen (often in a better way) even if people are not in an off. 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 workplace. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & the Future of Work Buy on Amazon.com. His work as a writer and speaker have appeared in the The Washington Post, the New York Times, Wired, the Economist, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, National Public Radio and other media. With recommendations from Timothy Ferriss, and Guy Kawasaki. Since I work remotely too, I could relate to this a lot. The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun. The book is an excellent account of what it feels like to work remotely and with teams spread across geographical boundaries and timezones. According to its success Wordpress is a proof that physical spaces, job titles, and rules are irrelevant for idea-driven people. Maybe too much detail on the projects and gettogethers. The force behind WordPress.com is a convention-defying company called Automattic, Inc., whose 120 employees work from anywhere in the world they wish, barely use ema. For "laypeople" I love how the book provides a clear view of the history and culture behind Automattic and WordPress. of three people on weekend (!) "Thousand tickets closed over the same period." Its even more fun in The Year Without Pants because Wordpress is not a normal working environment. What's different about how they work, and what can other companies learn from their methods? They face the challenge of not having an office at all, but they do get to go to some pretty amazing places and see high levels of productivity coupled with high relaxation. And then the book gets better from there! 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. The Year Without Pants follows my story of getting hired, my weeks on the front lines of customer support, and the year I spent leading a team of brilliant programmers designing and building new features for WordPress.com. "Thousand tickets closed over the same period." I was amazed, no one works on weekends! Is it the "Future of Work" as described in the subtitle? To see what your friends thought of this book, The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. In particular, Automattic's distributed workforce (all its employees work remotely) was a big adjustment (and lent the book its tongue-in-cheek title). 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. Since I already know that remote working works, I didn't learn as much from this book as others might, but of course I would recommend it to anyone. 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 am an information worker, and the story narrated here has convinced me that there are better ways to practice what we call work.