Podcast #142 – @EricRies on Taiichi Ohno’s Influence on #LeanStartup


Episode #142 brings us a returning guest (#115), Eric Ries, author of the best-selling book The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses.

In the book, Eric cites the work of Ohno, including the “5 Whys” problem solving approach. In this podcast, Eric shares his story about finding Ohno's work (including the Lean classic Toyota Production System: Beyond Large-Scale Production) and how it has influenced his work with startups.

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  1. John Hunter says

    Thanks to both of you, great stuff. I think it is extremely valuable to go to the books by Ohno, Womack, etc. When Eric says “it changes your sense of what… naturally makes sense” is so true. That is one of the breakthroughs. If you haven’t yet reached that point I think that means you haven’t really groked the ideas.

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