I just finished the Kindle edition of The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work. It’s an excellent book, I haven’t enjoyed a “business” book like this for quite a while.
While I bought it based on recognition of the author Scott Berkun(I’ve read a few other of his books), without knowing too much about what it was going to be about. I mistakenly thought it might have been about experimenting for a year as a blogger / writer.
It was actually about his time at Automattic, the company that makes WordPress and runs wordpress.com. It provided amazing insights into a company made up entirely of remote workers and software development that is at the opposite end of the spectrum to ‘enterprise’ software development. Don’t take that to mean it was cowboy software development, it’s software development that is treated more as a craft where people take pride in their work and without a lot of the red tape of traditional enterprise style software development.
So if you’re interested in that kind of thing, check it out. Scott’s books are always entertaining to read.