The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
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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.

Eric Ries defines a startup asan organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a...more
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Crown Business (first published January 1st 2011)
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Herve
After reading Clayton Christensen, Geoffrey Moore and Steve Blank, I was expecting a lot from The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. I was disappointed. It could be that I did not read it well or too fast, but I was expecting much more. But instead of saying what I did not like, let me begin with the good points. Just like the previous three authors, Ries shows that innovation may be totally counterintuitive: "My cofounders and I are determined to make new mistakes. We do everything wrong. We build a mi...more
Andy Stager
I'm currently starting a new church as well as helping my wife run a bow tie business. This book is about entrepreneurship, and its examples mostly come from the software development industry. Nevertheless, there was much food for thought here.

Takeaways:

1. Put out a 'MVP'. As fast as possible, put out a 'minimum viable product' and see if anyone is willing to buy it. If you spend forever making the product the best it could possibly be, you may end up with a cool product that no one actually wa...more
Stephanie Sun
"The big question of our time is not Can it be built? but Should it be built?"

I wasn't too surprised to find that Eric Ries is a great writer: clear, intellectually honest, articulate, and good-humored.

As Ries readily admits in the Epilogue, the theories and frameworks promoted in this book have the danger of being used retroactively to justify what you did in the past, or what you've already decided that you want to do, no matter your industry. Its success no doubt has to do with its take cont...more
Rick
Dec 04, 2013 Rick rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
This is a massively important book that turned out to be much harder to read than I expected, and left me still pretty confused about how to implement much of the advice in the book. But I like what it did to my thinking, even though I was familiar with many of the concepts in the book already.

But boy, I sure do like Five Whys. I am so ready to have kids.

There are some really wonderful simple quotes too:

"management is human systems engineering."

"Our productive capacity greatly exceeds our abil...more
Adam Bradley
I think this book could have been effectively distilled into one of about a fifth the length -- and provided me with a much faster feedback loop on the ideas it contained. So consider that an example of the author not abiding by his own principles.

Another example of the book not abiding by its own counsel: in recounting case studies, he assures us that the case studies are "successful" by telling us about venture funding and acquisition offers, which seem to me to be examples of the ultimate "va...more
Chris Johnson
This was a nice book that talks as much about Silcon Valley style culture as anything else. A ton of my peers are in mid-career finance/law/govenrment jobs. The only way they stay for years is if there is some sort of inefficiency that keeps them there. The utility of the tasks they perform isn't much - at all.

I loved the ethos that Eric shares...When a new employee makes a mistake: "SHame on us for making it easy for you to fail." That type of accountability doesn't exist, we have a "punish th...more
Ismail Elshareef
I started reading Eric Ries's blog, "Startup Lessons Learned," back in October 2008. I was quickly impressed by his technical acumen and the simplicity of his writing. I also enjoyed the breadth of topics covered and how engaging they were.

Needless to say, I was glad to hear that he was going to distill all his knowledge into a book, and now that I read the book, I'm glad to say that he didn't disappoint.

The book defines a startup as a 1) a human institution designed to 2) create a new product/s...more
George Wang
I originally came across this title here: http://addicted2success.com/success-a...


After hearing about the Lean Startup methodology time after time in the startup world, I decided to give this book a try. Although I've heard of the basics concepts like the Minimal Viable Product and the benefits of quick iterations, reading about the methodology in detail provided a lot more context to these concepts and helped me gave me the tools that I can use to put these concepts to action.

The biggest epipha...more
José
As I read chapter after chapter I found myself thinking 'Great introduction to the topic, now let's hope the next one contains some real meat'. Unfortunately that feeling accompanied me until the end of the book.

Don't get me wrong, this book contains a lot of useful ideas if you are into entepreneurship: the build-measure-lean cycle driven by the knowledge you want to acquire, validated learning, treating everything as en experiment with its corresponding actionable metrics... but maybe I expect...more
Chad Warner
Jul 28, 2013 Chad Warner rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chad by: Startup West Michigan
Shelves: business, non-fiction
This book applies science to entrepreneurship. It tells businesses, and especially startups, how to start small and simple, then grow through learning, testing, measuring, and rapidly innovating. It advocates “just-in-time scalability”: conducting product experiments without massive up-front investments in planning and design. It shows the value of actionable metrics for decision-making, and the importance of pivoting (changing course) when necessary.

I found the book interesting, but not as eye-...more
Jevgeni Holodkov
This book is mostly a theoretical essay (though with a lot of examples) on how to apply "lean" ideas to startups and its execution. The main idea of this book is to follow and focus on (!) "build-measure-learn" loop when you run startup (or, actually, do anything). It basically means that we need not just do and learn, but rather do, learn and make sure we really learned something new. It is achieved with giving a claim (hypotesis setting) and testing that by checking clear metrics. If you knew,...more
John
While I'm giving this a 4 star, I really want it to be a 3 and a half.

4 because it's very motivating and there's a lot of valuable techniques in there, especially around metrics, different businesses' engines of growth, and running effective retrospective/5 whys meetings.

3 because it suffers from a lot of the "business bedside story" effect (see the halo effect for what that means) and there's a pretty nasty survivor bias, a lot of not quite scientific papers are quoted, and some of the "succes...more
David
Feb 17, 2013 David rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: work
Much better book than I expected. Eric explains his mindset and his approach to product development and how to run a start-up, and he makes TOTAL sense. I thought I knew concepts like validated learning & continuous deployment, but reading through this book really solidifies these ideas in my head. These insights are really impressive and I'm hoping I can apply some of the ideas in my next startup.
Doxuanhuy
Lean startup là một cuốn sách tổng hợp những suy nghĩ, trải nghiệm của Eric Ries, CEO của IMVU khi trên đường xây dựng một startup để người dùng giao tiếp với nhau thông qua avatar. Những trải nghiệm của Eric Ries và những gì ông rút ra được tóm gọn lại trong một "process", mà không chỉ áp dụng được cho giới khởi nghiệp, mà còn có thể áp dụng cho những công ty đã lớn. Process đó nhằm mục đích tối giản lãng phí, tạo ra năng suất cao nhất có thể, đồng thời duy trì mối liên hệ với người dùng để tạo...more
Bulent Duagi
Building block for entrepreneurs. Simple concepts with high applicability.
Fran Toolan
Like most business books, the gems are embedded in the fluff. As someone who has run self (and under) funded startup companies for a very long time, it was good to see put into text what I've been doing all these years.

But, being under funded, and hence always seemingly on the verge of failure, we had no choice but to employ the tactics given here. We always had to generate some kind of income to keep going, so we couldn't afford to wait for perfect. We delivered the best we could, and innovated...more
Tom Randle
It's a good book, and if everyone read and understood it I'm sure companies would be far more efficient at innovating.

I felt some of the messages could have been made clearer by improving the style of the book. There are a few too many terms like "Engines of Growth" that cloud some of the meaning. My biggest criticism would be many of the anecdotes didn't really do justice to the points Eric would later made.

Unlike many management books that hammer home their point page after page, The Lean Sta...more
Scott
Useful, practical resource for organizations - both large and small - seeking a sustainable process for making the most efficient use of their time, money and attention. I recommended it to startup companies, which have limited resources and operating history and have yet to prove themselves, and particularly web and digital startups, which are best equipped to do the continuous testing, measuring and refining that the author calls for in the pursuit of building something that people want.

In a c...more
Joe
I enter just about every "latest management fad" book with an air of skepticism but this one is legit. "The Lean Startup" is a book that outlines an approach to developing new products and businesses in a streamlined way that maximizes your chances for success. Adopted from the principles of lean manufacturing, the system that helped propel Japanese automakers to the forefront, Ries goes through and explicitly details how you can build products/features, measure the impact of what you have done,...more
Nick Brown
I suspect this book will go down in history as a classic in the business literature.

For those who don't know, the Lean Startup movement is about simply put not wasting people's time. Eric Ries argues that many entrepreneurs and their enterprises are wasteful - they make products and services nobody wants to use. The Lean Startup is the intellectual framework where bout entrepreneurs can reduce the amount of waste they are generated in unwanted products and services.

The crux of the Lean Startup...more
Brad
Phenomenal book! It is definitely a must-read for anyone that is interested in starting a company or organization that is trying to provide value to the world. The initial gut reaction of many people is that the book's recommendations go completely against common sense; Eric Ries suggests to release products and feature that are no where near 'perfect'. However, in the end, you realize how much sense there is behind his ideas. Why release or build something that no one is interested? Don't waste...more
James
Mar 11, 2014 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Entrepreneurs and business people who want to innovate within established companies
Recommended to James by: Jeff Bussgang
Ries does a nice job of explaining the series of startup experiences which caused him to develop the "Lean Startup" methodology and then he explains the methodology in detail. A key concept is setting up an approach that allows startups to get their Minimum Viable Prototypes (MVPs) out to customers and conduct detailed experiments to see which product or business model approaches are most valuable to customers. Like many contemporary management theorists, Ries is a strong advocate of creating ef...more
Ben Love
A second-time read for me as I consider the approach to be one of the better “tools in the toolbox” for a lot of the scenarios I’m facing. Keep in mind that many tools are needed and this is no magic wand, but it’s a logical end point for lots of buzzwords and methodologies in larger organizations. Critical point: this type of change HAS to start at the top.
Bill Harrison
This book has acquired an iconic status among business books published in the last few years. I was first given a copy at a technology conference in San Francisco last year and since then it seems that everyone in my business network has read and is discussing this book. For the most part this popularity is justified. The book dissects the current trend toward quick, low-cost start-ups that focus on action over research, and on making mistakes over extended analysis. Its applicability is primari...more
Lucinda
This fascinating, insightful and truly original book is a must-read for all entrepreneurs and corporations

This book gives a truly unique approach to business that is slowly being adopted throughout the world, for its effectiveness and positive outcomes. It explains about what customers really want, whilst testing your own current knowledge and understanding of any organization and business acumen. It tests your visual creativity and innovation, when it comes to thinking about the foundations th...more
C.r.
The book, defines start-ups as "an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty." Thus, he places start-ups in the realm of large corporations as well as small businesses. The lean start-up model is based on the principles of Toyota including using small batch sizes, just-in-time production and faster cycle times. The idea is to make a minimum viable product and then start testing with real customers. The lean start up model uses a measure of progress...more
Erika RS
The key idea of The Lean Startup is that a successful startup[1] needs to optimizes for learning. It doesn't matter how quickly something is being built if it's the wrong thing.

I saw this book as having two big ideas. First, the goal of a startup should be to move as quickly as possible through the Build-Measure-Learn cycle[2]. Because of this, he emphasizes the tool of the min viable product. Any team working under uncertainty should start by forming a hypothesis about their value proposition....more
Gene Babon
Hard work and perseverance don't lead to success. Smart work does. This is a book about working smart.

It is also a book that every business manager should read regardless of work setting. You do not have to be a "risk-taking" entrepreneur to benefit from Lean Startup concepts. Even established companies struggle to uncover new sources of growth. The Lean Startup presents a system to identify and unleash these opportunities. This book attempts to put entrepreneurship and innovation on a rigorous...more
Violetta
Whether you run a business, or dream about having one in the future, make time to read this book. Basing on personal experience of failure and success, experiment and innovation, Eric Ries introduces a new approach to managing in the context of complexity and uncertainty.
This approach is based on the belief that startup mastery can be learned and implemented by any entrepreneur. Blending together insights and learnings derived from lean manufacturing, agile development, design thinking, custome...more
Jignesh Shah
A good introduction to the Lean Startup approach to building and launching products for new markets. This book draws upon numerous works that have addressed the dynamics of new markets, discovering what customers really want, fact-based decision making and lean manufacturing. What is interesting is the way Lean Startup brings these ideas together into a cohesive and powerful framework. A framework built around a fundamental insight: building a new products for a new market should be considered a...more
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