Book Review: “The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions” by Poppendieck-s

While most people think of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses as THE Lean book then The Lean Mindset: Ask the Right Questions is great resource for second point of view. Angle of approach is also different. While Lean Startup is more like a guide to startups of how to build it then Lean Mindset is short but useful book about lean mindset in general.

I liked the books extensive references, all its claims have strong references like a doctoral thesis to keep sceptics busy. I am not going to explain here all the principles of lean but my key takeaways from this book are:

  • Make your customers LOVE your product, exceed their wildest dreams.
  • Keep your team happy
  • Follow scientific process to make it happen

I definitely recommend this book for newcomers into lean world or people who want to have a quick reminder of how things are supposed to work. I also recommend to check out good Lean principles at Poppendiecks home page


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