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The Lean Startup is one of the core business books that revolutionised the business startup environment. Eric Ries stripped everything down to the core basic principles of being lean, and agile in response to customer feedback. This is not new but is collated and distilled in a very dynamic, yet clear structured manner. It must also be said that the Lean Startup is heavily biased towards the software industry and while also coming from that industry I may be unaware of how effective this approach is in other sectors, especially those that are heavily regulated and limited to the opportunity to, in reality, deliver prototypes to customers.
I really appreciated the book’s celebration that you don’t have all the answers and you shouldn’t if you’re a startup with an innovative solution. The major point, however, is that you shouldn’t pretend or act like you do but embrace the uncertainty and develop an experimental approach to delivering a Minimum Viable Product – build, measure, learn.
I found The Lean Startup not only great for advice, techniques and the analogous stories to help reinforce the approach, but it is an inspirational book that dares you to challenge everything and rationalise with customer validation that your vision is viable and scalable. When a book affects me it starts a chain reaction in my thought process so that I either gain a better understanding of where I need to go or may enable me to articulate what has been sitting just out of reach in my mind. This is one of those books.
Other books that reinforce this new startup environment and are worth reading include: • Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder • Four Steps to the Epiphany – Steve Blank • The Startup Owner’s Manual – Steve Blank • Running Lean – Ash Maurya
Im only half way through this so far and dont want to preempt anything which us why ive given this 4 stars Im looking to eventually start my own business, and this was recommended to me by a friend who is a CEO of a big company as something that really helped him Whilst it is slow to get started, its good because it used lots of contextual stories etc Overall sso far a really interesting read but definitely a challenge to follow in its footsteps I reckon it'll be 5 stars but seen as ive not yet got through it all yet which is why ive given it 4 at the moment
I have read countless management, business and self-development books and I can honestly say this is the first one that I have truly used like a workbook. What I mean by this is that I have gone back to various chapters to refresh the key learnings and then apply them to my own situation. Surely this is the true test of a book in this category. It's not written like a workbook, but to me, that's exactly what this is.
It is slightly biased towards tech companies, partculalrly the product refinement and testing, but there are some nice non-tech case studies that he works through methodically to demonstrate how the lean principles can be applied to any type of startup.
Before starting a startup Eric was involved in "lean manufacturing" and what he does in this book is bring "lean" techniques to the startup process. The case study Eric uses within this book is his own. How we can all make assumptions about what customers want and how wrong we can be. He discusses Minimum Viable Product (MVP), how to get to the point of creating a MVP that people actually want. Nice methodology for any startup, especially if you are building a product, app etc. Eric has a nice writing style which keeps your interest and anybody in the startup world should read this and implement Eric's suggestions.
The book is overall practical but it is not 100% suitable for people who wants to go for luxury startups. It was useful when the author mentioned about the typical mentality entrepreneurs have vs the reality thinking. I could only find the first few chapters useful (to me) to have an idea of what lean startup truly is. But if you have inventions, products related to technology that needs to advance from time to time, or services etc that kind of business idea, this book is for you.
A must have and I would recommend this book to anyone really - it packages many clever ideas and I started to change a few routines at and outside of work. Easy to read and straightforward; I gave it 4 stars because it is a bit too anecdotical for me and the first 100 pages are a bit slow.
even if you never want to run a startup, unit,project, etc., it will teach you some clever perspectives.
This guy talks like he's trying to start some sort of cult. Can be very pompous. The last half is a bit of a chore to read, not very interesting. The underlying principles are great but exactly what you would find in any lean-business book.
For once a book that does not linger in the theoretical but which of all of its teachings have been applied successfully elsewhere. This provides you with a comprehensive guide on how to better be prepared for success in any Tech related Startup. In my experience of large organisations, I can say with confidence that all the applications of the book can easily be translated into currently established companies.
I firmly believe that if established companies practiced what this books discusses as well, that it would guarantee longevity, greater ROI, more lean and customer relevant products and a much higher efficiency and effectiveness of the development direction of the product and the utilisation of development resources.
I can only strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in startups or who would be keen to optimise current product development efforts in an established business.
The content of the book is simple amazing, I recommend to every person that works with Lean. The only bad thing was the physical quality of the book: I bought it because was marked as "in good quality/condition", and thinking about the other ones I bought in this condition, I expected it to be much better. The book desintegrated its cover in the first readings, it's full of marks and notes from the previous owner. For £17.00 I am almost sure I could have a better copy than that.
I appreciate this is a more commercialised form of the already established principles underlying agile methodologies, but it was honestly a great read. The anecdotes were down to earth and I instantly found it to be thoroughly applicable. The additional resources and recommendations are also brilliant to aid the journey of learning.