Little Bets

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2 out of 5 stars
By Daryl Kulak on 01-16-12

Heard it all Before

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This isn't a great audiobook. I am from the technology world, so the iterative/incremental approach that the author advocates here is not new to me. I was hoping for a bit more depth, but there are just a few stories about how you should approach things incrementally. I cannot recommend this book.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Tad Davis on 08-15-11

Useful approach, not for everyone

The narrator is a little overenthusiastic, but the principles are sound. Peter Sims applies the idea of "little bets" to a wide variety of situations. Prime examples include Pixar, agile software development, and the military's Iraq counterinsurgency program. The basic idea is to make a series of "little bets" on test projects, aiming to "fail fast" and learn from the experience. Your overall direction will emerge organically from these experiments rather than being imposed top-down. The author considers this approach superior to trying to come up with a grand plan from the beginning. I tend to agree with him; in my own experience, which includes playwriting and software development, working this way is more congenial than the conventional way.

It's not for everyone, though. I can easily imagine Shakespeare and Homer approaching writing by making a series of "little bets," but I can't picture Dante pulling off "The Divine Comedy" this way. Still, it's worth a listen.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Heath on 10-21-11

Succinctly Summarizes Design Thinking for Business

> Clearly states key design thinking principles.
> Provides clarifying/amplifying examples from innovative and successful companies.
> Refers to other thinkers on design thinking.

Well written and well read.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Andy on 08-14-11

well paced, good examples of techniqes in action

Pretty quick listen of the key success factors involved getting a win in the marketplace. Solid narration.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maker on 04-12-18

Best book on Audible!!!

Don’t take my word for it listen to the book and you’ll find out for yourself.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 03-22-18

Just get "The Pumpkin Plan" and save your time

I'm guessing this is a book that the Venture Capitalist turned Stanford MBA author wrote partially as his thesis. It's mostly from a large corporate POV, with military and large corporate history examples. So if you're a white male business excutive over 40, who digs quotes from big business gurus and military anecdotes, go ahead. Read it and feel like you're keeping up.
On the OTHER HAND, if A/B website testing, survey monkey and running a small business isn't all news to you, read "The Pumpkin Plan", get more practical advice than pedantic rambling and be more entertained to boot.

Returning this snore fest. Can't even finish it.

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