The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup Free PDF by Eric RiesThere are now hundreds of books on agile. But which ones are best for really capturing the big picture? Which books do I encourage everyone to read? Here is my (well actually Kyle’s but I borrowed it) top choice for an Agile reading list.

#1 – The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

Eric’s book focuses on enabling true innovation. It teaches ways for business to take advantage of the abilities of an Agile team to foster continuous innovation.

“Building a startup is an exercise in institution building,” Ries states, adding that general management techniques are ill suited for startups and for innovation in larger bureaucracies.

Fortunately, we are in a new age, the entrepreneur age. Everybody is now an entrepreneur… even in large organizations entrepreneurial innovation it is essential for survival.

Entrepreneurs are not well served by traditional principles of general management or by a heroic “just do it” process, which leads more to chaos than success. We need a new approaches to organizational structures to support the entrepreneur age.

Eric provides a framework for that structure, encouraging us to follow a new path, a lean path:

  • draw on the knowledge and creativity of your team
  • work in small batches
  • work is short cycles
  • deliver just in time

The Lean Startup is a comprehensive theory of entrepreneurship and innovation. If you haven’t read it yet, put it on the top of your list.


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