Lean startup is a startup methodology which aims to reduce the market risks and minimize capital requirements by adopting a combination of business-hypothesis-driven experimentation, iterative product releases, and validated learning.
But while the lean startup methodology has become practically a gospel in the startup community, it is more honored in breach than in practice.
Why is it so hard to be lean?
Lean is humble; it requires admitting that you don't know your market as well as you imagine.
Lean is frugal; it entails making do with less or even with virtually nothing.
Lean is disciplined; it requires us to focus on areas that are not our natural forte.
What can entrepreneurs do to foster a lean culture?
1) Learn lean startup methodology.
2) Practice lean startup methodology where you have control.
3) Promote lean startup methodology outside your areas of control.
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About Jason Yip
Jason is a Staff Agile Coach at Spotify NYC since 2015, supporting Spotify Advertising R&D, mostly around managing the effects of scaling and supporting leadership teams. Prior to Spotify, he was a Principal Consultant at ThoughtWorks since 2001, mostly in Australia. While at ThoughtWorks, he was a committer on CruiseControl, the first Open Source continuous integration server. He first encountered Extreme Programming in 1999. He mostly writes on Twitter (@jchyip) and Medium (https://jchyip.medium.com).