The Year Without Pants

  • von Scott Berkun
  • Sprecher: Chris Kayser
  • 8 Std. 32 Min.
  • ungekürztes Hörbuch


A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind 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 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.


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Insightful book, sadly ruined by narrator

I have been a Wordpress user for many years and even got to meet Matt Mullenweg at a Wordpress meetup in 2004 when the software was still in its infancy. Having worked in the web industry as a project manager, I've also been familiar with Scott Berkun's writing for many years, and his book on project management is still the first thing I recommend to anyone asking me how they can get into PM.

With that, TYWP has been on my radar for some time, but the offputting title made me dismiss it previously. A recent interest in working with remote, distributed teams led me to give it a try after all, choosing the audio version so I wouldn't have to look at that cover. :)

What a mistake this was. I have been listening to audio books for a many years, and am happy to go with the flow and style of most narrators. Not in this case. The narrator's monotonous tone was turning an engaging and insightful story into a boring lecture. As the book is written in the first person, this made the author himself sound less credible (which is a shame as I have heard Scott Berkun speak in person and he is full of energy.)

Much worse though, the narrator was obviously completely clueless about the subject matter. He constantly mispronounced industry terms, or spelled them out letter by letter as if they were acronyms (for example, reading Scrum, a agile methodology for running projects, as "es-ce-r-u-em", or CNET, a well-known technology website, as "ce-en-e-te.") Not only was this incredibly distracting, it subtly gave the impression that the story itself wasn't credible (obviously, that was not the case, but it *felt* that way.)

In addition, the book contains a number of chat transcripts, which were read off verbatim, which in the audio format is not suitable but confusing and annoying.

Despite all this I did enjoy getting a look behind the scenes at Automattic and found many of Scott's insights and lessons useful and interesting, but sadly, as an overall experience, the audio book was barely tolerable.
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- Sibylle

Warm, honest, simple and direct

It's not everyday that I get to read a book so sincere and warm about work and human relationship. Thank you Scott Berkun for sharing and Automattic for allowing it. While reading this I couldn't help but remember why I love to work passionate people who care. I recommend this book to people searching meaningful stories.
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- Malin Sofrone

Weitere Infos zum Titel

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 08.10.2013
  • Verlag: Audible Studios