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The Year Without Pants and the Future of Work


Nearly 50 million websites, or 20% of the entire web, use WordPress to power their web presence. The force behind WordPress is a company called Automattic, Inc. With just 104 employees, they have a fraction of the resources of similarly influential companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon. Yet Automattic has quietly positioned itself as a powerhouse for the future of the web. How is this possible? What's different about how they work and what can other companies learn from their methods? Scott Berkun decided to find out. From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a manager at, leading a team of programmers to make WordPress better. In THE YEAR WITHOUT PANTS, Berkun shares the lessons he learned, including insights on: How their decentralized workplace (104 employees in 70 different cities) is incredibly creative and productive How they successfully transcended the horrors of email, and use blogs, chat and Skype instead  What managers everywhere can learn and emulate from their culture of freedom and experimentation THE YEAR WITHOUT PANTS delves deep into what made WordPress's phenomenal success possible. And Berkun shares what every organization can learn from his story of discovery in applying the world changing ideas for the future of work at the heart of Automattics success.

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