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Re-use businessmenDoing something is learning it. Learning something is creating connections between what you know and what you don’t know. Those connections lead to increased creativity but also to an understanding of what others, who already are experienced in the field, can do, when they can help you, and how.

I could hire out my art. Have my prototypes made by The Game Crafter, print my cards at ArtsCow and get a logo from 99designs and get everything packeted at oDesk. I could even hire out the actual game design (hey, just try dropping a post with the title “I’ll pay you $500 to design a game for me” in the Board game design forum…). But why would I? (more…)

ReWork Cover ImageSome books give you knowledge. Some books give you energy. Rework is firmly in the energy category.

Rework is written by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson and is culled from their (and their coworkers’ ) blog at Fried and Heinemeier are the men behind Basecamp, the collaborative platform, and several other lean productivity products and while I haven’t personally used Basecamp but I’ve heard good things about it.

Rework is a condensed version of their blog, so if you’ve been following that I’m guessing that you’ll recognize quite a lot. But if you haven’t read the blog, well, Rework puts the common, dinosaur, assumptions about running a company on their collective heads. (more…)