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