I had a feeling I wasn't going to enjoy this as soon as I heard the introduction, and wish I'd followed my instincts to return the book. Instead, based on its global fame and the strength of other reviews, I decided to persist.
Ries has created his own language here, an entire subject that hardly fits inside one paperback book. I'm actually quite a fan of contrary thinking but his ideas are so far from any frame of reference it makes it almost possible to follow or digest.
There are some good tidbits of sagely advice here - such as the strength of actionable metrics vs vanity metrics - but it's surrounded by so much jargon and so much complexity that it loses a lot of its credibility.
Working in one of his lean startup companies also sounds like it would be a real chore, sucking any of the fun, spontaneity and humanness out of the process.
At least I feel like I will be more informed next time someone is speaking Silicon-Valley-speak.
This book points out differences in start ups vs other businesses. It teaches you how to think for the long term and exposes several myths about growing a company that I have never previously considered. The author has a very scientific approach. I just finished it and this book is so good that I am going to replay it. Thank you.
At first I struggled to finish this book but the middle part is much more interesting than the beginning. Chapter 13 is pure author's view on our future as a society - good dreams but unlikely to come true.
Overall, it worth reading/listening but it is not so exciting as other startup books (better listen to Thiel's "Zero to One").
Copywriter and avid information sponge. The more I can get into my head the better.
The Lean Startup is a great introduction to modern managerial and process improvement techniques. It can get a bit redundant at times, but every bit of knowledge in this book is worth having.
More than meet my expectations this book was exceptional. Those who have the flame of entrepreneurship will consider The Lean Startup a guideline to success.