The Lean Enterprise: How Corporations Can Innovate Like Startups

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#1 Amazon Bestseller in Lean Management Discover the methods of lean startups that can revolutionize large organizations and their products

Even in a tough economic climate, the startup business community has found a way to create innovative, game-changing 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 strategies, tools, and attitudes of these smaller competitors. The Lean Enterprise presents a groundbreaking design for revolutionizing larger organizations, one that draws on the ingenious tenets and practices espoused by the startup community. The guidelines in this book will help companies shake the lethargy, bureaucracy, and power struggles that plague large organizations and hold them back from true innovation.

At the heart of this resource is a comprehensive, practical approach based on methods, timetables, compensation, financial investment, and case studies that reveal the startup mentality. 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 reading for entrepreneurs, product managers, executives and directors in Forbes 2000 organizations, and board members
  • Presents the tools and methodologies large businesses need to compete with a new generation of highly-empowered entrepreneurs
  • Covers lean startup culture and principles and identifies the behaviors that arestunting growth at large enterprises
  • Offers a comprehensive, practical approach for developing exciting products and services and opening vast new markets

Don't be mystified by the success of startups. Master the methods of this new generation of entrepreneurs and compete on a level playing field.

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About the author

TREVOR OWENS is an entrepreneur and thought leader in Lean Startup methodologies. He is the Founder and CEO of Javelin.com, an innovation training and software company known for its Lean Startup Machine workshop that has helped tens of thousands of innovators, including those from Google, Salesforce, News Corp, Intuit, and others, start thousands of new businesses across six continents.
http://leanenterprisebook.com
http://javelin.com

OBIE FERNANDEZ is an avid writer and technology enthusiast. He works with Owens as the Co-Founder and CTO of Javelin.com. Fernandez is also author of the best selling technology book The Rails Way and the founder of multiple successful companies, including one of the world’s best known Ruby on Rails web design and development agencies, Hashrocket.
http://obiefernandez.com

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Mar 13, 2014
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9781118852187
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Business & Economics / Personal Finance / General
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The Missing Link to Toyota-Style Success—LEAN LEADERSHIP

Winner of the 2012 Shingo Research and Professional Publications Award

“This great book reveals the secret ingredient to lean success: lean leadership. Not only is it a pleasure to read, but it is also deep and enlightening. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone interested in lean: it’s both an eye opener and a game changer.”
—Michael Ballé, Ph.D., coauthor of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager

“This will immediately be recognized as the most important book ever published to understand and guide ‘True North Lean’ and the goal of perpetual business excellence.”
—Ross E. Robson, President and CEO, DnR Lean, LLC, and the original Director of The Shingo Prize

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All too often, organizations adopting lean miss the most critical ingredient—lean leadership. Toyota makes enormous investments in carefully selecting and intensively developing leaders who fit its unique philosophy and culture. Thanks to the company’s lean leadership approach, explains Toyota Way author Jeffrey Liker and former Toyota executive Gary Convis, the celebrated carmaker has set into motion a drive for continuous improvement at all levels of its business. This has allowed for:

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If you want to get lean, you have to take it to the leadership level. The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership shows you how.

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“When I read The Rails Way for the first time, I felt like I truly understood Rails for the first time.”

—Steve Klabnik, Rails contributor and mentor

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The expert guide to building Ruby on Rails applications

 

Ruby on Rails strips complexity from the development process, enabling professional developers to focus on what matters most: delivering business value. Now, for the first time, there’s a comprehensive, authoritative guide to building production-quality software with Rails. Pioneering Rails developer Obie Fernandez and a team of experts illuminate the entire Rails API, along with the Ruby idioms, design approaches, libraries, and plug-ins that make Rails so valuable. Drawing on their unsurpassed experience, they address the real challenges development teams face, showing how to use Rails’ tools and best practices to maximize productivity and build polished applications users will enjoy.

 

Using detailed code examples, Obie systematically covers Rails’ key capabilities and subsystems. He presents advanced programming techniques, introduces open source libraries that facilitate easy Rails adoption, and offers important insights into testing and production deployment. Dive deep into the Rails codebase together, discovering why Rails behaves as it does— and how to make it behave the way you want it to.

 

This book will help you

Increase your productivity as a web developer

Realize the overall joy of programming with Ruby on Rails

Learn what’s new in Rails 2.0

Drive design and protect long-term maintainability with TestUnit and RSpec

Understand and manage complex program flow in Rails controllers

Leverage Rails’ support for designing REST-compliant APIs

Master sophisticated Rails routing concepts and techniques

Examine and troubleshoot Rails routing

Make the most of ActiveRecord object-relational mapping

Utilize Ajax within your Rails applications

Incorporate logins and authentication into your application

Extend Rails with the best third-party plug-ins and write your own

Integrate email services into your applications with ActionMailer

Choose the right Rails production configurations

Streamline deployment with Capistrano

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