The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work


Why we chose this book?
The Year Without Pants highlights the key characteristics of what may well be the company of the future. The example of WordPress shows how agility can translate as business efficiency and productivity. The book offers insight and ideas for companies that have already opted for telework but may be having trouble reaping the promised rewards!

Since its creation in 2005, WordPress has been used to develop 50 million websites, which is 20% of the entire web. The free, open source software was developed by Automattic, a company employing just 120 people. How has this firm managed to successfully compete with heavyweights like Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, all of which enjoy virtually unlimited resources? That is the question answered by author and former Microsoft member Scott Berkun, who spent a year leading a software development team at Automattic. Berkun has examined the workings of this extraordinary company in detail to uncover the roots of its creativity and effectiveness. In particular, Berkun shows that Automattic’s decentralized organizational scheme (employees can work wherever they want to, so even, as the catchy title suggests, “without pants”) is a powerful source of agility.

The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work by Scott Berkun (Jossey-Bass, December 2013).

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