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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I had two primary issues with the book. First, the books is written by a software guy for software guys and start-ups.
I can only recall one reference in all the pages to a hardware product. So this books in not for anyone that is looking to create physical and tangible products. In fact, hardware is hard and my research hasn't found anything remotely useful in applying lean start-up principles to hardware. Second, the focus of the book is on "what" a lean start-up is and doesn't provide actionable information.
Diarrhea of the word processor resulted in a page definition of a lean start-up, where it could have been boiled down to less than pages minus 1-star for waste Distill it down to an A3 using Lean Thinking. So let me save you some time. An entrepreneur is a person who creates a business around a product or service under conditions of "extreme uncertainty", and should ascend the vision-strategy-product pyramid. A start-up is a phase of the entrepreneur's organization, tasked with the goal of reducing the condition of "extreme uncertainty", and finding a sustainable business model Google: Lean Business Model Canvas.
Use customer discovery class and validated learning method to find a sustainable business model around your product or service idea. The validated learning method of Build-Measure-Learn is synonymous with Plan-Do Build , Check Measure , and Act Learn cycle, which as most people know is derived from the scientific method. Measure using Actionable Metrics instead of Vanity Metrics.
Finally, use lean principles i. As a hardware guy and having extensive experience in lean it's blatantly obvious Ries is just starting his lean journey and his last section Accelerate is superficial, survey, regurgitation of some of the lean tools and ideas. Reference More Actionable Books: With a Yale BA and a Harvard MBA he has been the object of a lot of press coverage on his theory of lean startups and how it can be applied in more traditional business settings.
He advice is to not waste years trying to make a business work. Kill it and move on. He goes into detail on how he did not follow this advice, wasting thousands of hours producing a product that was not well received because the market research did not ask the right questions and the product's users were not asked what they wanted.
Being stubborn, the author and his partners kept at it until they stumbled onto the right answers after several tries. I guess the author is saying he has learned his lesson now. His latest startup is a people's stock exchange not beholden to short term gains. Assuming you are reading the other product reviews, I'll try not to duplicate what I've noticed other reviewers are writing about The Lean Startup by Eric Ries.
I will say this though: I like the stories though, and I bet I would really like this guy if I were to meet him. Given the extremely limited usefulness of anecdotes such as these, you can't help but wonder if Eric in those moments more focused on trying to put people's names in a book than he is at giving readers something solid to benefit from. At any rate, it's still a great book and definitely worth the money. This book is a startup phenomenon and has almost become required reading for any startup founders.
That being said, it is most useful for software startups and is significantly less useful for biotech and other life science startups. In our industry it is not possible to release a 'quick and dirty' product to test on a subset of customers because we have to abide by regulatory rules and laws. So for me, the biggest takeaway from 'The Lean Startup' was Eric's explanation of the 'Five Whys' method to examine problems within any business.
You can save a lot of time and money by gathering together everyone working on a particular project and drilling down into why a certain problem occurred. Instead of blaming individuals and stopping at the first level of the problem, such as a milestone not being met because of experimental failure, look at why the experiment failed.
Are your scientists overworked? Was there a problem with reagent supply? Do you need to retrain staff or change suppliers or audit your supplies more regularly? See all 2, reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. Published 6 hours ago. Published 12 hours ago. Published 20 hours ago. Published 23 hours ago. Published 1 day ago. Published 2 days ago. Published 3 days ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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