Congrats to Eric Ries as his book The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses officially goes on sale today. I will post a formal review once I have read the entire book (disclosure: I received a free copy from the publisher).
Eric was nice enough to let me read parts of his manuscript before publication to give some feedback and to contribute a few healthcare examples of “batching” that he incorporated into the book.
Here are pictures of the pages with the healthcare batching examples (he cited me and my Lean Hospitals book in the notes), starting with “These misconceptions…” in the first photo.
Lower batch sizes certainly reduce cycle time in a process and they can, sometimes unintuitively, reduce total cost for a system.
Eric coincidentally posted an excerpt on flow from the book on his blog yesterday.
Here are some of my earlier post and podcasts about Eric and his work:
- Lean Blog audio podcast #115 with Eric Ries
- Eric Ries TechCrunch Video on Lean Startups
- Time & Motion Studies Are Not “Discredited,” Just How They Are Used
- Notes on a Talk by Eric Ries (@ericries) at MIT on “Lean Startups”
Do you plan on reading his book? I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read so far and I’ve been a big fan of the Lean Startup methodology, including the elements we are trying to incorporate into KaiNexus.
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