The Lean Product Playbook

How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback
By: Dan Olsen
Narrated by: Walter Dixon
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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The missing manual on how to apply Lean Startup to build products that customers love.

The Lean Product Playbook is a practical guide to building products that customers love. Whether you work at a start-up or a large, established company, we all know that building great products is hard. Most new products fail. This book helps improve your chances of building successful products through clear, step-by-step guidance and advice.

The Lean Startup movement has contributed new and valuable ideas about product development and has generated lots of excitement. However, many companies have yet to successfully adopt Lean thinking. Despite their enthusiasm and familiarity with the high-level concepts, many teams run into challenges when trying to adopt Lean, because they feel like they lack specific guidance on what exactly they should be doing.

If you are interested in Lean Startup principles and want to apply them to develop winning products, this audiobook is for you. This book describes the Lean Product Process: a repeatable, easy-to-follow methodology for iterating your way to product-market fit. It walks you through how to:

  • Determine your target customers
  • Identify underserved customer needs
  • Create a winning product strategy
  • Decide on your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Design your MVP prototype
  • Test your MVP with customers
  • Iterate rapidly to achieve product-market fit

This book was written by entrepreneur and Lean product expert Dan Olsen, whose experience spans product management, UX design, coding, analytics, and marketing across a variety of products. As a hands-on consultant, he refined and applied the advice in this book as he helped many companies improve their product processes and build great products. His clients include Facebook, Box, Hightail, Epocrates, and Medallia.

Entrepreneurs, executives, product managers, designers, developers, marketers, analysts, and anyone who is passionate about building great products will find The Lean Product Playbook an indispensable resource.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2015 Dan Olsen (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC

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Weak Narration Makes for a Boring Listen

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator - I actually thought it might be an automated screen reader given the lack of inflection and overall monotone reading

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Only got through the intro and first chapter before returning, but I was pretty underwhelmed with his central thesis and the resulting framework. It was like a lightweight version of more substantive business books on Audible like Innovator's Solution, Crossing the Chasm, Blue Ocean Strategy, and the Lean Startup. To be fair, I primarily returned it due to the narrator's performance rather than the content itself. However, I have endured lackluster narrators in the past when the content warranted it - it just didn't in this case.

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Great Story, Horrendous Narration

While the book is excellent, it's almost impossible to get through b/c the narration is computer generated. This is surprising considering that it states it's narrated by a human.

The content is great, very applicable to today's product manager, it's just that the narration will prevent me from actually recommending anything other than the actual book.

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Practical guide on creating and managing a product

This book provides a detailed framework for managing a new product. It breaks down the steps into the problem space and the solution space. This in itself was my personal biggest takeaway.

For the problem space, it provides step by step instructions to come up with hypothesis, create a prototype, and test it early on. This is the lean part of the framework and the idea is to test early with mock-ups that are cheap to create and iterate on. It provides the instructions on how to validate ideas with customers. I found this useful.

Once we know a customer may appreciate a type of solution, it goes into how to build it. The book even covers the basics of agile software development for those new to it.

Overall, this book is a comprehensive hands-on guild to managing a new software product. I'd recommend it to new PMs or startup founders.

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Amazing

Dan covers the entire cycle of Lean Product startup. It's a must for Entrepreneurs, Product Owners and ScrumMasters. After listening to the audio, you will feel 10x smarter in this area.

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Great overview of the lean product design

You immediately agree with it and it all makes sense. However it amazing how actual products teams fail in following these ideas. Serves as a compass you can take with you...

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Only for beginners

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Very basic principles of product creation and management.

I lost it at the "how to choose a font size for your website chapter" (really?!)

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Powerful

As a product manager, this was one of the most useful books I've ever read.

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  • 03-03-20

From a professional product owner/project manager

One of the most comprehensive and compelling presentations on creating good software products I have encountered. Excellent book that I have been recommending incessantly to my colleagues.

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Great book for someone with no product development background

Too the point resource for someone who has no background in product development. Good actionable advice which keeps you away from drifting and stay focused on what matters the most.

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This is a must read/listen for any product team

excellent book to help drive your product forward. if you're into lean ux, it's worth jumping to part 3 which focuses on analytics and product optimisation.

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  • Sofia
  • 05-15-17

Great book for PMs and startup founders

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Simply a brilliant guide. I learned a lot. However, some of the most complex frameworks were difficult to follow without the actual book (constant references to tables, charts, etc).

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  • Mr Tim James Dettmar
  • 08-02-17

Great read!

Great read for anyone working, or hoping to work, in a product development environment. Extremely practical advice on how to ensure product marjet fit and optimise your product for success.

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  • LC
  • 05-03-20

Excellent techniques for product managers

Provides details techniques and systems for ensuring that you develop a great product that your target audience loves and values. In particular, it these techniques help to identify what feature and changes will provide most value and give greatest return on investment. i.e. developing the right product for the audience. Really useful for any software product manager.

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  • Brendan
  • 04-08-20

Key resource for product managers

One of the essential books any product manager should read. New PMs will find it especially helpful, but even experienced PMs will find it refreshing and clear.

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  • Boris1234
  • 03-16-20

great book

One of the best books on building products. I really liked this book and already applied some of the techniques.

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  • Iggy
  • 03-04-20

Poor, could be a blog post.

Poor, could be a blog post. Didn't like it at all. Same thoughts repeated over and over.

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  • Richard
  • 09-22-19

Slow, overly explained familiar concepts

Some new concepts but mostly things you would have already heard. Also gets very slow. For example at one point it said "I like to leave 50% of my time for thong a. So that means if I have 10 hours I'll spend 0.5 × 10 = 5 hours on thing a and thus 10 - 5 = 5 hours on other things." The book didn't need to sit me down and explain multiplication but it spent a good, boring 2 minutes on a very simple concept.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-19

Good methodologies but hard to follow

The book goes into a lot of detail on how to construct a lean product process however there are several table and image references when following the audiobook. This becomes hard to follow when you're listening to the book during a commute or are restricted by internet access.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-20-19

Exactly what I was missing. Everything U need in 1

Putting it all in one place - great job Dan!
Only when I started reading I realized how informative and complete ir is.

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  • Lisa
  • 11-06-17

Practical and to the point

As I was listening, I was delighted to hear about all tactic to tackle a current challenge and applied the advice immediately

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  • D. Birznieks
  • 09-19-16

Essential Reading - Product Dev Classic

Experienced author provides well thought through and practical frameworks, knowledge and advice. Great follow on from Lean Startup. Highly recommend this one.

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  • Matt
  • 05-15-18

practical and actionable.

this book is great for anyone in product. so many tips you can easily apply