Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.< /p>
Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.
The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning”, rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product-development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.
©2011 Eric Ries (P)2011 Random House
"Eric has created a science where previously there was only art. A must read for every serious entrepreneur—and every manager interested in innovation." (Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Opsware Inc., and Netscape)
"At Asana, we've been lucky to benefit from Eric's advice firsthand; this book will enable him to help many more entrepreneurs answer the tough questions about their business." (Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and Asana)
"In business, a ‘lean’ enterprise is sustainable efficiency in action. Eric Ries’ revolutionary Lean Startup method will help bring your new business idea to an end result that is successful and sustainable. You’ll find innovative steps and strategies for creating and managing your own startup while learning from the real-life successes and collapses of others. This book is a must read for entrepreneurs who are truly ready to start something great!” (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and The One Minute Entrepreneur.)
ZEN. LDS. GTD. FTW.
If you're coming out of high school and are scheming up your first (or maybe second) startup, then this is the book for you. You'll learn a lot.
On the other hand, if your a consultant, read business blogs and have launched a few products in your time, you probably won't learn much.
The narration is by the author, laid back but personable. He knows what he's talking about. He offers clarity and direction. The Lean Startup won't teach you everything, but if you are relatively new or confused, or perhaps discouraged by past failures, get this.
Sure the narration was fine.
I was disappointed. This book seems to focus primarily on technology start ups. I was looking for a book that gave advice more for retail stores and restaurants. This is not the book for that.
I would try another book by Ries
The book is very hard to listen to and is probably better to have a hard copy in hand
This is not a bad book by any standart. It presents a very good framework for building a start-up (especially useful for tech start-ups) and it delivers exactly what it promises - the lean methodology to build a business.
This methodology is based on adding a new critical metric to your business, validated learning or seeing what works and what doesn't. It's the opposite of "build it and they'll come". Instead it's "build the minimum product, see if they come and then improve it based on what gets results".
Most entrepreneurs employ wishful thinking - hoping or feeling like the market has a moral obligation to buy what they've built just because they've bought it. In the lean start-up methodology you don't take any chances and you use only real world data to see if your idea will float or sink.
The only downsize to this book is that after 8 hours, I've got about 3 good ideas from it. Yes, three good ideas that I've applied both in my personal and professional life but nothing more nonetheless. This means at least for me that the book could have been shorter, maybe 50% of it's current lenght. There are a lot of examples and after a time you are in a position of "yes, I've got it, move on".
As far as my experience with Audible, again, it was an amazing one. Chapters are a little strange in this audiobook (I'm listening it on a SanDisk Sanza) but overall, it's an amazing book for results oriented people. The methodology here can be used both in a business and in your personal life, so don't shy away from this book even if it's designed for entrepreneurs.
And as far as the lenght, do as I do, sometimes play it on fast speed. The narator speaks rather slowly and clearly so I can understand it even on high speed.
Photographer at large
The MVP is a great concept...very well thought out and to the point.
The 2 Second LEAN is more direct and focused in my opinion...
Great book on LEAN start ups...if you are starting from scratch this is the book to read right after you read 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers. This is my second favorite LEAN book. Good job Eric.
Apparently, the 'lean startup' has a large following. I had never heard of the book or the concept, but lean inspired me ever since Jeff Liker's book about Toyota.
The Lean Startup in my opinion is a totally different approach, although it borrows the concept of waste. But how waste is avoided is a different route altogether.
First, it is 'lean' under a cloud of uncertainty. The more uncertain the future (of sth) is, the better this approach works. Basically, to avoid waste is to have a clear understanding of your key assumptions, and then testing these assumptions as fast and with as little effort as possible. And of course, with a good monitoring system to understand the results of what you tested. Topline growth is not. Cohort/group and split testing is.
The book is written as a guide to startups, but it is valid with anything innovative. And thus for any business that tries to innovate something, anything. Many organisations are dissatifsfied with their innovation efforts, and this book guides you to how to improve the process.
Well worth the read. The author is not really a narrator, though. He should have left this to a professional. Not bad, but not great either.
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.
Very helpful. A structured honest approach to the problems entrepreneurs face with their projects. Brilliant.
"science and business"
it is my starting point! I need to start doing experiments! Great book to read and reread!
A creative look at the startup industry. Tons of great insight and applicable learnings. Very technical at times but knowledge worth knowing. Thumbs up!
"Great insight & useful advice"
Great narration. useful advice which on hearing it seams common sense but in actual fact is completely the opersite to what most businesses do.
"Great ideas but..."
Eric's vision is really revolutionary in terms of product development and marketing. The lean startup approach changes everything. Everything that was so drastically implemented and seamlessly integrated in the industrial era by blue collar workers and then, in modern (yet rooted in past) corporations by white collar workers.
However, Eric fails to explain his ideas in a way that very small businesses could understand, apply and integrate. Much of what he said was not (yet... ;) applicable to my situation as a small startup and hence felt boring/irrelevant to me.
Focusing too much on large, already established businesses or even corporations I had a feeling Eric with his great ideas has actually never left "the aristocracy" of Silicon Valley.
For that I have to search elsewhere.
"A solid basis to becoming an upstart"
Aside from the narration, this book really nailed the ideas that should form any business, re get an MVP out and test the water with the minimum outlay before using the feedback loop to improve ur product/service.
A brilliant book for anyone wanting to start a business or launch new products. It took me a while to get in to it, but I'm glad I did. I'm on my second listen.
"A must read for anyone building a start-up company"
Anyone building or considering founding a startup company should read/listen to this book and you could potentially save a lot of money and time. Do this earlier, rather than later.
The MVP concept is where many tech startups get it wrong the first time.
It's was also great that it was narrated by the author himself.
"Liked the idea, didn't give enough detail"
Not sure? Maybe
I was happy with the book in general but felt like a I needed more to complete where my head needed to go.
Yes, he narrates well
Yes, there's plenty more that could be added to it like a full working structure of how the lean start-up was implemented step by step
"Starting a business? Read this."
Yes. Just for a refresher. This book will stop you making 50% of the mistakes you will make when starting up.
Intend to attend a Lean Startup conference but not heard anything by him before.
This book will save you time and a lot of money. You must read it if you're starting a business, running a company or dept in a company.
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