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Summary

The first and most comprehensive book on bringing the startup mindset into large organizations. Forget vague notions of creating an "innovative culture". This book reveals the methodologies, tools, and incentive structures guiding the world's largest organizations to reclaim their innovation prowess.

Even in a tough economic climate, small startups have found ways to create innovative products in shockingly short timeframes. So why should larger, more established companies take notice? Because they have everything to gain when they examine and adopt the process, strategies, and mentality of high-growth startups. The guidelines in this book will help companies shake the lethargy, bureaucracy, and power struggles that plague large organizations.

At the heart of this comprehensive resource is a practical approach to innovation based on specific timetables, compensation structures, and financial investments. Respected thought leaders in lean startup methodologies, the authors cover successful enterprise development, development innovation labs, corporate venture arms, and acquisition and integration of startups.

  • Essential listening for product managers, directors, senior executives, and even board members of Fortune 2000 companies
  • Presents the tools and methodologies large businesses need to compete with a new generation of highly empowered startups
  • Covers startup culture while identifying the forces that are stunting growth in large enterprises
  • Offers a comprehensive, practical approach for developing exciting products and opening vast new markets

Don't be mystified by the success of startups. Master the methods of this new generation and compete on a level playing field.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Trevor Owens and Obie Fernandez (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Excellent, insightful, great case studies

I really value the thought leadership and the time Obie and Trevor have taken to write this book, leveraging on the work of others and their own experiences. The insight is truly motivational and confirms my own personal direction and journey. Look toward to meeting you some day!

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  • Tom
  • 05-05-15

Best insights for newbies and professionals ...

What did you love best about The Lean Enterprise?

It gives a comprehensive overview of a topic that's at the edge of modern business operations and therefor a must-read for newbies in lean management as well as for professionals.

What other book might you compare The Lean Enterprise to and why?

management 3.0 by apello, because it also gives modern insights towards managing business and people ...

Which character – as performed by Steve Carlson – was your favorite?

the general all examples and best practices

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes, by finding out that there is wide proof of the principles

Any additional comments?

helps preparing for current management tasks and responibilities

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  • Jim
  • 01-05-15

Want to innovate like a startup? Read this...

Would you listen to The Lean Enterprise again? Why?

I've already read (listen) to this book twice as there are more concepts than can possibly be assimilated in one read through. If you are responsible for creating value in a large organization the concepts here are invaluable.

What did you like best about this story?

Leverages Eric Reis and Steve Blanks Lean Startup and Customer Develop concepts through the lens of the Enterprise.

What aspect of Steve Carlson’s performance would you have changed?

Not particularly bad, however I've enjoyed books read by their author more as they generally have the passion behind the point

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The overall concept maps to me and my business specifically as a consultant working with large enterprise business to help them innovate like startups.

Any additional comments?

Great Book period

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  • Christophe
  • 02-09-14

Good input for Lean StartUp Methods

The authors explain very well different lean startup methods from the point of view of an enterprise and combine it with great case studies from lean startup in the corporate world. A must read for a company planning to rethink its approach to innovation!

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  • Nathan
  • 24-12-16

Great follow up to Lean Startup

Enjoyed this one greatly and helps give you the perspective about how you can innovate in the most established of organizations

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  • Ed
  • 11-12-16

Great Book

Listened while commiting. I need to get the printed version to take notes and dug deeper.

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  • cf
  • 29-11-16

overall good

Intuit is not an innovative company. So much lost potential with Mint.
The overall thoughts and techniques seem like good ideas to experiment with.

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  • Charles N.
  • 16-03-16

ideal for your large enterprise

Great for influential individuals trying to ignite innovation in risk averse companies. innovation in modern times requires radically different thinking. this book lays out the fundamentals.

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  • Makoto Kern
  • 05-05-15

Really good points in the book to help bring lean

Would you consider the audio edition of The Lean Enterprise to be better than the print version?

Not sure, didn't read the print.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The author!

Have you listened to any of Steve Carlson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I have not

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't have an extreme reaction.

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  • Alex
  • 04-05-15

Great overview of applyingLean Startup principles

Would you listen to The Lean Enterprise again? Why?

As someone who teaches Lean in both Multinational corporates and SME's and having worked in both, I found Trevor's book very insightful and comprehensive. Its sprinkled with lots of great examples and is very much a "how to do it" book rather than just an academic treatise.
Having a fairly substantial Lean & Lean start-up library myself I can recommend this book as a good addition the advantages of apply the principles of lean start-ups to your organisation

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Great examples

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  • Miroslav Oracic
  • 04-05-15

Haunted by Innovation Colony Approach

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to a friend, at least to hear intro chapters (1-4) and & final one - to understand what is going on in business these days and how it might change her/his career... It is must read for anyone in charge of establishing innovation process in big companies or in charge of launching new products in big companies.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Lean Enterprise?

Innovation Colony for sure. It perfectly matches my almost 10 years old understanding of words mentioned by an ex-CEO: "You cannot be all of it - fast, cheap, high quality - beacuse it is about culture of people... if you mix it - you get mediocre results"... Similarly, you cannot mix disruptor & disruptee inside same company - and get top results....

Which scene was your favorite?

Comparing colonies in historical sense with innovation colonies...

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but life got in a way. :-)

Any additional comments?

Would love to have option to recommend to friends shorter (intro chapters 1-4 + final chapter, let's say cca 2h max) & longer version (as-is now, other chapters included). Believe it would be leaner approach to book versioning & releases :-)