Valve

Handbook For New Employees

This week’s book review is the VALVE Handbook written by VALVE employees.

This is not a traditional book that you can buy from Amazon. This is a manual from VALVE, a software development company, that can be downloaded for free off the web.

It is an amazing employee “crowd” written handbook that explains many aspects of the VALVE business including:

  • the culture at VALVE
  • how the employees work with each other
  • how they are evaluated by each other
  • how projects are started
  • how projects are finished

My takeaway from this book is that unconventional approaches to managing a business can work! There is a lot to learn from the self-managed and highly creative culture at VALVE that can be applied in pretty much any business or organization.

 

Note that I have previously reviewed the following books in 2017:

  1. Les McKeown’s Predictable Success
  2. Exponential Organzations by Salim Ismail, Michael S. Malone and  Yuri van Geest
  3. Smart Thinking by Art Markman
  4. Arianna Huffington’s The Sleep Revolution
  5. RG LeTourneau’s Mover of Men and Mountains
  6. Kevin Kelly’s The Inevitable
  7. Ram Charan’s The Attacker’s Advantage
  8. Jeff Goins’s The Art of Work
  9. Ron Karr’s Lead, Sell, or Get Out of the Way
  10. Timothy Ferriss’s Tools of Titans
  11. Dr. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain
  12. Howard Schultz’z Onward
  13. Nicholas Eberstadt’s Men Without Work
  14. Jason Fried’s and David Heinemeier Hansson’s Remote

 

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