The year without pants : and the future of work

by Berkun, Scott,

Format: Print Book 2013
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Robinson Library Non-Fiction 338.7 BERKUN
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A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind 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 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, leading a team of young programmers developing new ideas. The Year Without Pants shares the secrets of'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 (

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.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The title is taken from an inside joke among members of author Burkun's former team of employees at popular open-source blogging tool and content management system. A former Microsoft manager who helped launch Internet Explorer, Burkun (Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds) took the job at Automattic Inc., the San Francisco-based web-development company that runs WordPress, with the intent of writing a book about his experience immersed in what he calls "a work culture . from the future." WordPress powers about 20 percent of the entire Internet and thrives on freedom and experimentation by proudly encouraging employees to work remotely, to use Skype instead of e-mail, and hold meetings in locales ranging from Portland, Ore., to Athens, Greece. Berkun, who worked at the company from August 2010 to May 2012, writes with unflinching honesty about his experiences and lessons learned as a team leader in an organization with few boundaries. He highlights the organization's strengths (applying them to all levels of work) and weaknesses. Not surprisingly, the book often reads like a series of blog posts, with almost as much emphasis placed on interpersonal adventures as on the refreshing, invigorating promise of what work can be. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects WordPress (Electronic resource)
Blogs -- Computer programs.
Web sites -- Authoring programs.
Web site development.
Work environment.
Publisher San Francisco :2013
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description vi, 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 241-242) and index.
ISBN 9781118660638 (hardback)
1118660633 (hardback)
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