The thing is that I'm a complete beginner in this subject, but I found the book very interesting and novel. Definitely a lot of food for thought. And global economics are not so simple as I thought.
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If you're into SF, you're going to like this book. Personally, I wasn't amazed by the story: the pace is pretty slow and I wasn't really surprised by the way the plot unfolded. Then again... after covid19 it would be hard to write a book about a pandemic that's surprising.
And how they can play out to create misunderstanding (which I've experienced firsthand in the workplace). While very insightful, I found it a bit too long and I missed a clear section of action points after each chapter. To keep things easy, I used a summary website to get the main points of the book.
Just like with all my books, I tried listening to the audiobook (from audible) and I stopped after listening for an hour. For me, the narrator sounds like a robot at times, which somehow annoys me (I was surprised to see that it's actually a person, not a robot). When it comes to the actual content, I found that the narrative style is awkward and offputting. The techniques themselves might be useful for a manager of managers, but I'm already getting that information from other sources.
I'm a casual reader of the author's blog and I find the pieces there thoughtful and reasonable. This book (v3) was ok, practical at points, but also polarizing/ranty at moments. I can understand the culture where the author is focused on release or die, but that's far from the reality of most companies and people. There are successful companies out there where life-work balance is encouraged and respected. It's not Silicon Valley or bust. Also, a business/practical book without a cheatsheet falls short from becoming actionable, therefore useful.
I enjoy the simplicity of the model: 4 types of teams with 3 types of behaviors. I suggest jumping to the conclusion and reading that and going into the chapters only if needed. (the book could have been shorter
When I went through the book, I was mildly impressed by the writing and by the information contained in the book. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't amazing. However, as I started doing the exercises and the meditations, things started to shift in me quite fundamentally. Definitely a great book to read and practice from.
Overall, a good book because I enjoy SF and I was mentally stimulated by some of the ideas about social structures. The reason why I give it 3 stars and not 4 is that it seemed to me that the author was trying too hard to describe the philosophy at the cost of the SF aspect.
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I was looking forward to reading this book after The Phoenix Project, but I didn't get further than chapter 3. I know it's fiction, but I dislike this "Maxine is a super-developer" narrative; everyone seems to have no idea what they're doing, and the company's leadership is fixated on scapegoating. The plot doesn't stand together and it makes reading the book too difficult for me. Actually, given the start circumstances, the most feasible solution for Maxine is to use the time that she's been given to find another job. Why she would stay in such an environment is beyond me.
This is the second time that I stop reading this book. I really enjoyed the journaling of the motorcycle trip, but that's only half of the story. After a day at work, sitting in bed, trying to wind down, the whole discussion about classicism vs romanticism and rational analysis, etc is just too dry and tiring to follow.