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Real-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakes Startup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before--increased global competition, the impact of Real-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakes Startup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before--increased global competition, the impact of digital transformation, and disruptive innovation factors require businesses to implement agile management and business strategies to compete and thrive. This indispensable book provides business leaders and entrepreneurs the tools and guidance to meet growth and scalability challenges head on. Equal parts motivation and practical application, this book answers the questions every business leader asks from the startup ventures to established companies. Covering topics including funding options, employee hiring, product-market validation, remote team management, agile scaling, and the business lifecycle, this essential resource provides a solid approach to grow at the right pace and stay lean. This book will enable you to: Apply 42 effective tools to sustain and accelerate your business growth Avoid the mistakes and pitfalls associated with rapid business growth or organizational change Develop a clear growth plan to integrate into your overall business model Structure your business for rapid scaling and efficient management Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth is a must-read for entrepreneurs, founders, managers, and senior executives. Author Jurgen Appelo shares his wisdom on the creative economy, agile management, innovation marketing, and organizational change to provide a comprehensive guide to business growth. Practical methods and expert advice make this book an essential addition to any business professional's library.


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Real-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakes Startup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before--increased global competition, the impact of Real-world tools to build your venture, grow your business, and avoid mistakes Startup, Scaleup, Screwup is an expert guide for emerging and established businesses to accelerate growth, facilitate scalability, and keep pace with the rapidly changing economic landscape. The contemporary marketplace is more dynamic than ever before--increased global competition, the impact of digital transformation, and disruptive innovation factors require businesses to implement agile management and business strategies to compete and thrive. This indispensable book provides business leaders and entrepreneurs the tools and guidance to meet growth and scalability challenges head on. Equal parts motivation and practical application, this book answers the questions every business leader asks from the startup ventures to established companies. Covering topics including funding options, employee hiring, product-market validation, remote team management, agile scaling, and the business lifecycle, this essential resource provides a solid approach to grow at the right pace and stay lean. This book will enable you to: Apply 42 effective tools to sustain and accelerate your business growth Avoid the mistakes and pitfalls associated with rapid business growth or organizational change Develop a clear growth plan to integrate into your overall business model Structure your business for rapid scaling and efficient management Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean & Agile Business Growth is a must-read for entrepreneurs, founders, managers, and senior executives. Author Jurgen Appelo shares his wisdom on the creative economy, agile management, innovation marketing, and organizational change to provide a comprehensive guide to business growth. Practical methods and expert advice make this book an essential addition to any business professional's library.

30 review for Startup, Scaleup, Screwup: 42 Tools to Accelerate Lean and Agile Business Growth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Gebski

    I was definitely NOT going to rate it 5 stars. Don't get me wrong - I adore JA - this guy's awesome & his previous books provided me a lot of inspiration & ideas for future. But this book is pretty much a new opening - a book about starting up & scaling up (& screwing up), not something about modern approach to management & leadership. I was skeptical initially (there's so much written about that already, starting with the Lean series, Blitzscaling, modern product development books & such), getti I was definitely NOT going to rate it 5 stars. Don't get me wrong - I adore JA - this guy's awesome & his previous books provided me a lot of inspiration & ideas for future. But this book is pretty much a new opening - a book about starting up & scaling up (& screwing up), not something about modern approach to management & leadership. I was skeptical initially (there's so much written about that already, starting with the Lean series, Blitzscaling, modern product development books & such), getting through chapters one by one didn't bring much thrill (of novelty) either, but ... once I've read whole book & started to summarize my notes ... I've found a surprising lot of them. They were all about tiny things - single concepts, catchy ideas, smart hints: Fist of Five, Working Out Loud (as an exemplification of using information radiation as a form of radical transparency), nice classification of metrics, Always Be Hiring mode (I totally agree, that's my way of thinking as well), Hiring Scorecard, Spotify's secret shared by M. Floryan - and many more. Really good stuff, stuff that makes a difference. You've done that again Jurgen, you've created a decent book that should not be omitted. P.S. Kudos (+1 star) by omitting the obvious stuff that can be found over the Internet ("just Google it") - THANK YOU!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Though I’ve never been a founder, I’ve been an early member of startup companies and internal ventures (such as being a founding member of the, at the time new, Boston office for Fitbit ) so I was curious to read Jurgen Appelo’s book and see how relevant it was for me. It turned out to be very much so. Appelo combines lean and agile principles with a model for business development that is relevant for both an entrepreneur starting a company, and an intrapreneur, leading a product initiative or a Though I’ve never been a founder, I’ve been an early member of startup companies and internal ventures (such as being a founding member of the, at the time new, Boston office for Fitbit ) so I was curious to read Jurgen Appelo’s book and see how relevant it was for me. It turned out to be very much so. Appelo combines lean and agile principles with a model for business development that is relevant for both an entrepreneur starting a company, and an intrapreneur, leading a product initiative or a team. Since the book weaves many agile concepts and processes, such as backlogs, burn down charts, and retrospectives, into the process, I was tempted to title my review something like “Agile for Startups” or “A Startups with Agile values.” But those names would misstate two key take-aways from the book. First, agile themes like “Inspect and Adapt” are just a really good way to start a venture, as new ideas require that you get constant feedback and adapt to it. If this weren’t the case and you knew what would work and how to do it, it would not be a venture. Second, this isn’t just about startups companies. Appelo addresses these idea in the context of an entrepreneurial startup or any intrepreneruial internal venture. In either case, you need to demonstrate value to secure a continuing funding source, or fail. And the feedback loops agile approaches like experiments and retrospective are essential to building that value. Reading through the book I was struck by how often Appelo makes points that are both obvious and iconoclastic. At one point he asserts that “growth” should never be a goal in itself, but way to achieve success, such as delivering value to more customers, which seems counter to common business thinking, but which makes perfect sense. Similarly he describes how teams often frame cultural fit as being “similar” rather than “complementary” -- which is to say that a new person fills a gap on the team. The book covers everything from funding, and planning to hiring. The hiring ideas are reminiscent of the ones I learned from Johanna Rothman in Hiring Geeks that Fit, albeit with slightly different terms, which are in essence, figure out how to what qualities you need in an employee, decide how you measure them Appello’s Witty, irreverent and humorous style make this one of the more entertaining business books to read, and the style reflects a perspective on business that might make you want to reconsider things you took from granted. At the very least you’ll be tempted to explore the supporting materials that are linked at the end of every chapter Whether you are in a startup, involved in building a new product for an established company, of just curious about how businesses succeed, Startup, Scale Up Screw Up is an enjoyable, informative, and actionable read that will likely generate many ideas of things to do or learn more about.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Yannick Grenzinger

    For me, this is a list of good tools for a startup before the scale-up phase. I think it would be better called "42 tools for your startup". Here you will find all the best well-known product, agile, lean and even finance or recruitement tools quickly introduced. Unfortunately, you can't sum it all up in just a few pages. And unlike his other books, this time Jurgen Appelo isn't really creating new understanding by summarizing so many tools. For me, this is a list of good tools for a startup before the scale-up phase. I think it would be better called "42 tools for your startup". Here you will find all the best well-known product, agile, lean and even finance or recruitement tools quickly introduced. Unfortunately, you can't sum it all up in just a few pages. And unlike his other books, this time Jurgen Appelo isn't really creating new understanding by summarizing so many tools.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kholoud Hemmat

    Great work. It is a fun read that's also practical and full of examples. It contains a lot of practical and up do date tools and advises for startup founders, employees. The book tools and tips are designed to accelerate lean and agile business growth and cover a diverse and important set of topics, such as: working with a remote team, optimizing workflows, and discovering how to use a North Star Metric and a Journey Map. Highly recommended. Great work. It is a fun read that's also practical and full of examples. It contains a lot of practical and up do date tools and advises for startup founders, employees. The book tools and tips are designed to accelerate lean and agile business growth and cover a diverse and important set of topics, such as: working with a remote team, optimizing workflows, and discovering how to use a North Star Metric and a Journey Map. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aldro Alvarez

    No doubt Jurgen's work is very interesting. In his latest book, he reflects in such a practical and easy way to handle a series of tools that he has used to work with various companies that are very practical to understand and apply. Highly recommended his work and of course read his book "Startup, Scaleup, Screup" No doubt Jurgen's work is very interesting. In his latest book, he reflects in such a practical and easy way to handle a series of tools that he has used to work with various companies that are very practical to understand and apply. Highly recommended his work and of course read his book "Startup, Scaleup, Screup"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vanden

    I like the book and it reads fast. The book has a lot of companies experiences that are good to understand better how they get the success but I feel that it does not reveal any secret sauce about startups.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bjoern Rochel

    I really like Juergen Appelo‘s books and have learned many things from them. Unfortunately I didn’t get a lot of things out of this one. It was fun as usual to read though

  8. 5 out of 5

    Shadi

    Amazing and useful

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ernestas Poskus

    Book lacks a cohesive narrative, chapters contain references to tools, frameworks, models it might be useful for inspiration or used as a reference.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Doncho Angelov

    One of the best business guides you'll find around Reading this book was pure pleasure. I knew Jurgen did a great job, I expected to see something that good, because I already did read (and applied much of) "Managing for Happiness". But I was pleasantly surprised by the structured and smooth approach, which he used to craft "Scaleup". The book tells a story. A story if a business. Actually, stories of many businesses, going through their challenges on their way to success or Screwup. The book advi One of the best business guides you'll find around Reading this book was pure pleasure. I knew Jurgen did a great job, I expected to see something that good, because I already did read (and applied much of) "Managing for Happiness". But I was pleasantly surprised by the structured and smooth approach, which he used to craft "Scaleup". The book tells a story. A story if a business. Actually, stories of many businesses, going through their challenges on their way to success or Screwup. The book advises on all the aspects of this bumpy road. Even more: it provides you with tools and techniques, which one could use to build the best possible organization. This is not the kind of books you read and then gift or archive in your library. This is the kind of books you always keep close to you, as an advisor and solution reference.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dirk Aerts

    Very nice book. Pretty good new insights. Very nice chapter where Lean UX meets Design thinking. This was a real eye-opener for me. Having said this; some chapters describe quite common topics (eg. personas) But even in those chapters I gained new insights. The metahpor with a family (honour your parents for what they did - they fund the kids - kids should discover the world in a different way) is for me a very good answer for common problems and questions in daily ecosystems / business. As in the Very nice book. Pretty good new insights. Very nice chapter where Lean UX meets Design thinking. This was a real eye-opener for me. Having said this; some chapters describe quite common topics (eg. personas) But even in those chapters I gained new insights. The metahpor with a family (honour your parents for what they did - they fund the kids - kids should discover the world in a different way) is for me a very good answer for common problems and questions in daily ecosystems / business. As in the other books of Jurgen, I liked especially the style of writing. Good humour in it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Igor Đukić

    Great work by Jurgen. I would recommended this book to every founder, entrepreneur, intrapreneur or business leader. A lot of practical and up do date advices. Growth hacking, pirate metrics, lean startup, design thinking, business model canvas, lean canvas, lean persona, north star metric, multivariate test, cohort analysis, rolling-wave planning, ...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Agustin

    Simply amazing!

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    Paul

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    Genta Ciceri

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    Vitaliy Mokosiy

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maisara Abou-Rady

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    Daothanhtu

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    Szatmári Tamás

  21. 5 out of 5

    David Marton

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    Jean Côté

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    Paula Cassin

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    Kate

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    zoagli

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    Patred

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    irfan bekleyen

  29. 5 out of 5

    Scott Gibbs

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

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