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Book review: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

I was recently inspired by a JavaScript Jabber podcast episode “How to Start a Side Hustle as a Programmer with Mani Vaya” so I decided to read an entrepreneurship book. “Business” is not the number one category of books that I would usually go for but despite this, I think that it’s good to diverge and embrace a project development from a different perspective. Time after time I have heard about the book “The Lean Startup” by Eric Reis, so I decided to finally give it a go.

Picture of “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries book

“The Lean Startup” is an easy to read/listen-to publication. It is full of great tips which are applicable for a bedroom programmer who is baking their first side hustle but also for a group of serious-looking professionals, making millions of pounds worth decisions in a boardroom. From the concept of MVP (Minimal Viable Product), through to the quick iteration cycle, A/B testing, “Five Whys Rule” to very high-level considerations about the role of a startup in the market. Although it’s written by an entrepreneur with a software development background, the insights from this book are super useful regardless of the industry. I highly recommend this book to not only to people interested in running a new startup but also to everyone who is involved in the process of building a quality product.

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