A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of WordPress.com'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 (scottberkun.com) 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.
What You Need to Know 1 1 The Hotel Electra 3 2 The First Day 9 3 Tickets for Caturday 20 4 Culture Always Wins 28 5 Your Meetings Will Be Typed 41 6 The Bazaar at the Cathedral 53 7 The Big Talk 64 8 The Future of Work, Part 1 73 9 Working the Team 82 10 How to Start a Fire 95 11 Real Artists Ship 106 12 Athens Lost and Found 118 13 Double Down 129 14 There Can Be Only One 138 15 The Future of Work, Part 2 148 16 Innovation and Friction 161 17 The Intense Debate 166 18 Follow the Sun 171 19 The Rise of Jetpack 175 20 Show Me the Money 186 21 Portland and the Collective 195 22 The Bureau of Socialization 211 23 Exit Through Hawaii 223 24 The Future of Work, Part 3 230 Epilogue: Where Are They Now? 234 Notes 236 Annotated Bibliography 241 Acknowledgments 243 About the Author 245 Index 247