Principles of a lean startup – part9: Epilogue and Conclusion

Eric Ries - The Lean StartupI end the recent chapter Innovate with “Cultivating the management portfolio in an established company” and “Entrepreneur is a job title” followed by an epilogue and Eric Ries’ final conclusion.


Cultivating the management portfolio in an established company

There are four major kinds of work that companies must manage. As an internal startup grows, the entrepreneurs who created the original concept must tackle the challenge of scale. As new mainstream customers are acquired and new markets are conquered, the product becomes part of the public dace of the company, with important implications for PR, marketing, sales and business development. In most cases, the product will attract competitors: copycats, fast followers, and imitators.

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Principles of a lean startup – part8 Adapt and Innovate

The last two chapters – before we end tEric Ries - The Lean Startuphis session with the epilogue and a conclusion tomorrow – are Adapt and Innovate. Eric Ries discussed Innovate in great detail and talks also about the obstacles we can be confronted with in larger companies when we want to change existing structures. It´s pretty interesting as well but just too much for this article. So I´ve set a focus and give an overview about his chapter after talking about Adapt and building an adaptive organization.

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Principles of a lean startup – part7 Batch and Grow

After talking about Pivot or Persevere regarding to Eric Ries´ book “The Lean Startup” today´s topics are Batch and Grow

By the way: At the end of this week I´ll probably be done with the studies of the book. There are 3 chapters to go after Batch and Grow: Adapt, Innovate and a conclusion/epilogue.


Small batches in entrepreneurship

When Eric Ries teaches entrepreneurs this method of small batches, he oftenbegins with stories about lean manufacturing (e.g. Toyota). Before long, he can see the questioning looks: what does this have to do with a startup? The theory that is the foundation of Toyota´s success can be used to dramatically improve the speed at which startups find validated learning.

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Principles of a lean startup – part6 Pivot or Persevere

Today´s topic is Pivot or Persevere regarding to Eric Ries´ book “The Lean Startup”

It´s probably one of the biggest challenges for startups. This is aEric Ries - The Lean Startup really short summary of Eric Ries´ chapter. He is using detailed examples which would go beyond the scope of this article. So this is gonna be short and with little jumps but still enough to get in touch with the whole thing.

Every entrepreneur eventually faces an overriding challenge in developing a successful product: deciding when to pivot and when to persevere.

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Principles of a lean startup – 5 Measure

Part 5 of my summary of Eric Ries´ book “The Lean StartUp“. For part 1 – 4 take a look at the end of the article. Today´s chapter is Measure

Eric Ries - The Lean Startup

A startup´s job is to (1) rigorously measure where it is right now, confronting the hard truths that assessment reveals, and then (2) devise experiments to learn how to move the real numbers closer to the ideal reflected in the business plan.

Accounting is something that has become taken for granted but unfortunately standard accounting is not helpful in evaluating entrepreneurs. Startups are too unpredictable for forecasts and milestones to be accurate.

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Principles of a lean startup – 4 Minimum Viable Products

Today´s topic is MVPs – minimum viable products.

Eric Ries opens his chapter with a descriptive example. He is talking about Groupon and its success as one of the fastest-growing companies of all time.

They didn´t start out successful at all. To make it short (for further details take a look in his book): At first Andrew Mason intended his company to become a “collective activism platform” called The Point. Bringing people together to solve problems they couldn´t solve on their own. After his first activities were disappointing he had to change and keep the new product simple – a minimum viable product.

Here his story told by himself:

“We took a WordPress Blog and we skinned it to say Groupon and then every day we would do a new post. It was totally ghetto. We would sell T-shirts on the first version of Groupon. We´d say in the write-up, “This T-shirt will come in the color red, size large. If you want a different color or size, email that to us”. We didn´t have a form to add that stuff. It was just so cobbled together. Continue reading

Principles of a lean startup – 3 Steer and Lead

Today´s chapters:


How Vision leads to steering.

At its heart, a startup is a catalyst that transforms ideas into products. As customers interact with those products, they generate (qualitative and quantitative) feedback and data.

There is a three-step process:

Ideas – BUILD – Product – MEASURE – data – LEARN – back to ideas(the goal is to minimize the total time through the loop)

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Principles of a lean startup – 2 Learn and Experiment

As i mentioned in Principles of a lean startup in December, I´m studying Eric Ries´ book “The Lean Startup” at the moment.

I´ll spend the next week for posting summaries of the important chapters day by day, so that we will have a great overview of the book in the end. All the chapters in this book are explained by a lot of real examples – so it´s definitely a benefit to buy and study this book.

After we started with the roots and the principles of a lean startup – Today´s chapters:


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Principles of a lean startup

Principles of a lean startup

I´m reading Eric Ries´ book “The Lean Startup” at the moment.

After I´ve seen a great amount of positive reviews I had to give it a try and it has of course a great start.

Ries seperates his book in three parts: Vision, Steer, Accelerate broken down in topics like Start, Define, Learn, Test, Measure, Pivot … In each chapter he uses practical examples like his own project IMVU, Zappos, HP and so on.

The roots of the Lean StartUp model:

The Lean StartUp takes its name from the lean manufacturing revolution (-> Toyota). Lean thinking is radically altering the way supply chains and production systems are run. The Lean StartUp adapts these ideas to the context of entrepreneurship, proposing that entrepreneurs judge their progress differently from the way other kinds of ventures do. It asks people to start measuring their productivity differently. Because startups often accidentally build something nobody wants, it doesn’t matter much if they do it on time and on budget. The goal of a startup is to figure out the right thing to build – the thing customers want and will pay for – as quickly as possible.


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