Is "Lean Startup" A good book or smoke?

I’m a developer that is busy working on a MVP (Minimal Viable Product) and think that I really might have a winner of an idea here (don’t we all). However I have no business and marketing experience.

Two books I keep on hearing being mentioned in startup circles are “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and “Traction” by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares. Now I’m planing on reading both these books but I’d like to know which one to read FIRST?

Like I said, I’m just a developer and after having a product on my hands (am I even doing this MVP thing right?), what are the next steps and what book is more relevant to me NOW?

It almost seems that “Traction” would be better now in the sense that it might help me take the product and start, well, gaining traction. And then once the wheel is turning I can look at “The Lean Startup” to further manage my business. But again I’m also not sure if “The Lean Startup” goes a bit more into depth as to what exactly your MVP should look like in which case I should read THAT first. I’m kinda torn.

And please, any other books you feel might be more relevant to me now would be great, totally open to suggestions! I would prefer something a bit less theory and full of jargon and something more with concrete steps and a game plan though.

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"Lean startup" can be summarized in three sentences. (1) Build some MVP quickly. (2) Measure the response. (3) Improve on it. It is a "Entrepreneur centric" "I want to give the world something and get paid from it" mind set, good for people who does not have insider knowledge about an industry and just want to try and hack it.

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The lean startup kinda blows. It's one of those business books that can be summarised in 3 sentences, but for some reason the author wants to expound upon the topic until they manage to fill up 300 pages with words.

Build the thing

Measure the thing

Improve the thing based on your measurements

Two books I keep on hearing being mentioned in startup circles are “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries and “Traction” by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares. Now I’m planing on reading both these books but I’d like to know which one to read FIRST?

Like I said, I’m just a developer and after having a product on my hands (am I even doing this MVP thing right?), what are the next steps and what book is more relevant to me NOW?

It almost seems that “Traction” would be better now in the sense that it might help me take the product and start, well, gaining traction. And then once the wheel is turning I can look at “The Lean Startup” to further manage my business. But again I’m also not sure if “The Lean Startup” goes a bit more into depth as to what exactly your MVP should look like in which case I should read THAT first. I’m kinda torn.

And please, any other books you feel might be more relevant to me now would be great, totally open to suggestions! I would prefer something a bit less theory and full of jargon and something more with concrete steps and a game plan though.

I have read the lean startup and it was a good read when it comes to getting into the mindset of buidling a startup. After talking to a few CEO's based out of Sillicon Valley, I noticed that what is happening is that the lean startup system doesnt work like it used to. With teach developing so quick, the process described in the lean startup is a little outdated. I would recommend reading 'Zero to One' by Peter Theif - CoFounder of PayPal. I think this book is a much better book to read. I would recommend reading this book because it focuses on making sure that any startup you build is a long lasting startup. Then you can read the lean startup after so that you can get an idea of how to go about building a startup.

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May 6, 2020, 12:12:42 PM

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