Ballad of The Lean Startup

With IMVU not growing
And revenue not flowing
And with piles of cash monthly burning,
They asked “Is it a mess,
Or is it progress?”
Then measured by validated learning.

With their customers confused
Eric’s ego was bruised —
All his basic assumptions were nixed.
They had to unload
All that beautiful code
Before the product could ever be fixed.

“What’s the last six months for,
Tossing my code out the door?”
Asked Eric all in a tizzy.
But he got his first taste
How to eliminate waste,
And make progress instead of just being busy.

You must build and release
So says Eric Ries
Then validate by query, wallet, and churn.
Ruthlessly measure
Though it gives you no pleasure —
That’s the only true way to learn.

So don’t fly blind
Or make up your mind
Stuck to ideas like a Nazi guards soup,
Relax your tight ass
And gather data en masse
To reduce total time through the loop.

Congrats, Eric, on the success of your book. It’s well-deserved.

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  • http://www.HubSpot.com Dharmesh Shah

    Brilliant!  You are a poet, and I didn’t even know it.

  • Anonymous

    wow….I hear this with a nice acoustic guitar behind it…..strumming softly….say in the key of E! great counterpoint to what I think too too many startups imagine the process to “be” too! #Kudos lad….well done!

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    They had to unload..All that beautiful code..Before the product could ever be fixed.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent book and the The Lean Startup methodology has so many applications outside of traditional ‘startups’ (as Ries points out)

  • Mohan Arun

    ‘Lean startup’ official video on Youtube…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exkt9KO56AU

    Lean startup resources (including link to mailing list)
    http://www.startuplessonslearned.com/2010/01/amazing-lean-startup-resources.html

  • mony1