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Publisher's Summary

In a challenging economy filled with nimble competitors, no one can afford to stagnate. Yet innovation is notoriously difficult. Only one in 100 new products is successful enough to cover development costs, and even fewer impact a company's growth trajectory. So how do you pinpoint the winning ideas that customers will love?
Sifting through purchasing data for clues about what might sell and haphazardly brainstorming ideas are typical strategies. But Jobs to Be Done offers a far more precise and effective approach: determining the drivers of customer behavior - those functional and emotional goals that people want to achieve. Using the Jobs method, it becomes easy to see that people don't really need a quarter-inch drill bit but a quarter-inch hole. They're not buying just ice cream but also celebration, bonding, and indulgence. This simple shift in perspective opens up new insights about your customers and a wealth of hidden opportunities. Social media newcomer Snapchat, for example, used the Jobs process to capture the millennial demographic. By reducing functionality, the company satisfied its users' unmet need to document real life in the moment, without filters and "like" buttons.
Packed with similar examples from every industry, this complete innovation guide explains both foundational concepts and a detailed action plan developed by innovation expert Stephen Wunker and his team. From unlocking customer insights to ideation to iteration, you'll learn how to:

Figure out what customers really want, even if they can't express it
Sort out valuable insights from less useful customer data
Dig into the underlying "why" of consumer behavior, not just the "what"
Target unaddressed jobs to be done that have the power to disrupt
Identify key customer segments you didn't know existed
Develop solutions that work with ingrained habits, not against them
Use a Jobs-based lens to get a broader view of the competition
Generate better ideas in brainstorming sessions and vet your solutions
Sidestep common mistakes, such as engaging in "feature wars"
Spot emerging trends that are changing how customers will behave
Work customer insights into the design process
And much more

Jobs to Be Done gives you a clear-cut framework for thinking about your business, outlines a road map for discovering new markets, new products, and new services, and helps you generate creative opportunities to innovate your way to success.
©2016 Stephen Wunker, Jessica Wattman; David Farber (P)2016 Gildan Media LLC
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2 out of 5 stars
By Keshav on 12-27-16

YouTube talks are better.

After listening to YouTube talks on JTBD, I bought this book hoping for deeper insight.
This does describe JTBD, but doesn't offer any further help for practitioners (except well known interview & brainstorming methods)

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3 out of 5 stars
By Gavin Morrice on 09-28-17

Doesn’t work well on audio

I’m a big fan of the JtbD methodology, and was really looking forward to learning more from this book.

Unfortunately, the writing style really does not lend itself well to the audio format.

The narrator does a good job of working through what were often dry lists of key points.

I would recommend you seek out a paper copy of this book.

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