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The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work [Format Kindle]

Scott Berkun

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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success

50 million websites, or twenty percent of the entire web, use WordPress software. The force behind 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, Amazon, 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, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of'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 results
  • Includes vital lessons about work culture and managing creativity
  • Written by author and popular blogger Scott Berkun (

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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" The Year Without Pants is one the most original and important books about what work is really like, and what it takes to do it well, that has ever been written." — Robert Sutton , professor, Stanford University, and author, New York Times bestsellers The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss "The underlying concept—an ′expert′ putting himself on the line as an employee— is just fantastic. And then the book gets better from there! I wish I had the balls to do this." — GUY KAWASAKI , author, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, and former chief evangelist, Apple "If you want to think differently about entrepreneurship, management, or life in general, read this book." — Tim Ferriss , author, New York Times bestseller 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. His insights will make you laugh, think, and ask all the right questions about your own company′s culture." — Gina Trapani , founding editor, Lifehacker "The future of work is distributed. Automattic wrote the script. Time for rest of us to read it." — Om Malik , founder, GigaOM "Some say the world of work is changing, but they′re wrong. The world has already changed! Read The Year Without Pants to catch up." — Chris Guillebeau , author, New York Times bestseller The $100 Startup "You′ll be surprised, shocked, delighted, thrilled, and inspired by how gets work done. I was!" — Joe Belfiore , corporate vice president, Microsoft "Most talk of the future of work is just speculation, but Berkun has actually worked there. The Year Without Pants is a brilliant, honest, and funny insider′s story of life at a great company." — Eric Ries , author, New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ignore the title, but read the book 24 août 2013
Par Tim Kastelle - Publié sur
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If you want to understand how management really works, then this is an important book to read. Scott Berkun ditched his consultant/writer hat and went back on to the management frontline for a little over a year with, and this book reports on what he learned. Berkun is a terrific writer, and I find him worth reading even on topics that I find inherently less interesting. However, there is nothing uninteresting about this - he goes right to the heart of what makes good managers.

For me, there are three big ideas in this book:

1. You can only evaluate management in the context of culture. Here is a quote from the book that outlines this issue: "I'm certain that to learn from a place, you have to study how its culture functions. A great fallacy born from the failure to study culture is the assumption that you can take a practice from one culture and simply jam it into another and expect similar results. Much of what bad managers do is assume their job is simply to find new things to jam and new places to jam them into, without ever believing they need to understand how the system--the system of people known as culture--works." This explains the title of the book - it references an inside joke within his team. I can see why he would use this as a title, but I'm not sure it reflects the content or quality of the book. However, within the WordPress,com culture, it makes perfect sense...

2. Experimentation is an essential management skill. Berkun experiments throughout his time at This is a central skill for innovating, and it is not practiced widely enough. He has great insights into the roles that data and judgement play in managing, and how experimenting and learning can contribute to both.

3. How do you manage if everyone is a volunteer? One of the interesting features of is that it originated in a open source programming project. Everyone that works on such a project is a volunteer, and this requires a much different management style than the more traditional command and control approach. Berkun's time at was part of a big experiment - introducing work teams and hierarchy into an open source style culture. The outcomes tell us a lot about how to manage effectively.

Scott Berkun has a great business mind, and he is a very engaging writer. This is an important piece of work, and if you are interested in what good management looks like and how it might be changing,you should read this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Time travel guide into the 21st Century workplace 11 septembre 2013
Par Birgit Pauli Haack - Publié sur
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Berkun's new book not only takes readers behind the scenes at Automattic, the company that champions and its open-source software WordPress, he also hands readers examples what's wrong with your life and how to get out of the bureaucratic software release cycle and endless department heads meetings that are more about turf wars and arbitrary key performance indicators - and almost never about the customers whose problems you are supposed to solve.

Berkun starts out where Daniel Pink left us with his book, "Drive". Pink boiled productivity and motivation down to three things: Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.

If you, as a team leader, are able to provide and sustain those three things for your employees, you increase your chances to reach high productivity and excellence. What Pink couldn't tell you is how that actually works.

This is the point at which Berkun's book picks you up.

With great data, anecdotes and structured knowledge, Berkun takes readers on his journey from a 90s software development company to a 21st Century software company. He describes philosophy and methods in precise examples to help readers understand what works and what doesn't work.

In a software company, management/leadership's purpose is, among other things, to keep the knuckle headed stuff off the programmers' desks and out of their minds so they can create, test and release brilliant work. Of course, that kind of approach takes self-motivated, autonomous, passionate people who keep an eye on what's good in the world. Sounds like heaven, right? Well, almost.

Consider this: WordPress has over 150 employees, 50 teams in 80 countries and no central office. Let me repeat: no central office.

Working in a distributed environment where all communication is public about the product, including decisions about the product, bug reports and customer service tickets, not only keeps low the personality wars in emails but also keeps everyone in the loop.

The distributed, autonomous, self-motivated and most of the time insulated programmer, or designer, who often in the past has failed while learning new technologies, is given time to learn and adapt to new team members.

Berkun looks at each part of the WordPress organization and analyzes, in precise language, the up and downside of a process - or the lack thereof. He lets you in on the struggle to bring team members together when they are used to working alone. He takes you on his journey from corporate management junkie to leader of a team of mature members. The broad experience of a 90s software developer at Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies made Scott Berkun the best time travel guide into the 21st Century workplace, if you're bold enough to take that journey. .
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The future of work, covered well 16 septembre 2013
Par Robert W. Scoble - Publié sur
I've been following Automattic for a long time and knew it was a different place to work when I visited one of its employees in Cork, Ireland and he turned to me and asked "so, what's Matt Mullenweg like?" Turned out he had been hired over the Internet and would meet his boss the next week.

Scott takes us into this unique culture and gives tons of insight into why it works so well and why it's best-known product, Wordpress, has changed the world.

Lots of entrepreneurs tell me their biggest success was building a fast-moving culture and Scott shows how to use technology to enable this culture as well as the pros and cons of running a business over the Internet. Must read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read for anyone who studies distributed teams 18 septembre 2013
Par Christian Lema - Publié sur
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Even if you didn't know who Scott was (which I did), or what WordPress is (which I do), this book would still be a must read. First and foremost, it's an entertaining read that draws you in and keeps you hooked. If it takes you more than two or three sittings, I'll be impressed. Second, regardless of whether you're wearing pants or not, it's a fantastic look into how a distributed culture is created. That's worth the price of the book alone. Lastly, every chapter has a key, important observation about work, life, and culture. It's worth a second read just to capture those - because they're so easily skipped as you read an entertaining storyline. But they're there. Like I said, a must read.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Written, but pointless 5 décembre 2013
Par Aretae - Publié sur
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Again, I got a book with the hope of learning something. And again, I got a reasonable amount of data, and almost no information. Nothing is digested usefully. Rather, it's an anthropological expedition into the world of an anti-structured organization. While the anthropology is fascinating, I had been hoping for an analysis. And I didn't get one.
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