The Lean Enterprise

  • by Trevor Owens, Obie Fernandez
  • Narrated by Steve Carlson
  • 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Tom

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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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- Jim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-14-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios