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Publisher's Summary

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 20 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.
©2013 Scott Berkun (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Todd on 02-05-15

Great book and strategy

Narrator wasn't that great. The book is fantastic. The story of automattic and its methodology of working is a great case study in collaboration and the future of working with disbursed teams across the globe.

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2 out of 5 stars
By B. Anderson on 11-23-13

Boring and over the top

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Perhaps people who don't work in the software industry might enjoy this but to those of us who do, his overly excited descriptions of mostly typical activities and people in smaller software companies are a bore.

Would you ever listen to anything by Scott Berkun again?

Probably not.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Kayser?

Anyone who didn't read in such a monotoned and mono-paced voice.
He also should have learned how to pronounce common computer terms such as Linux. Its pronounced lynn-ux, not line-ux. I cringed every time I heard this. There were others as well.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Year Without Pants?

Remove all of the isn't-this-guy amazing worshiping of people. Remove the weren't-we-so-cool attitude. Too much hype of not much specialness.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Rad on 01-08-17

Interesting insight into how they work remotely

I run a distributed team as well so I love hearing about how others do it, what works and what doesn't. But especially the story behind it all (rather than just a factual do this don't do that book). I felt like I knew the team in this book a little after reading, despite never having met.

Recommended read for people that want to make their teams better to work in.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tristan on 06-03-14

Disappointing

Would you try another book written by Scott Berkun or narrated by Chris Kayser?

If they were written in a similar style to this? Then no

What will your next listen be?

MoneyBall

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Year Without Pants?

I would have cut all the meaningless drawl and scene setting from in between the genuinely useful information about working styles, company ideology and team structure. He goes on and on about useless information like details about the furniture in the room or something mildly amusing about a team night out or character quirk... None of these are of any interest or the least bit funny.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeremy on 04-06-18

Good book but bad narration

The narrator needs some coaching on tech terminology. He pronounces things like MySQL letter by letter which is a bit jarring. Otherwise good book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jeames on 10-04-16

Great insight into distributed companies

Would you listen to The Year Without Pants again? Why?

Yes, the book provides many lessons that can be revisited

What three words best describe Chris Kayser’s voice?

Bland, slow and robotic

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I found it was split up nicely to allow me to listen to segments at a time.

Any additional comments?

Listen at 1.5x for a much better experience, the recording is very slow and without much in the way of emotion.

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