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Lean Research Resources

We gain inspiration from many places as we evolve our Lean Research methodologies. Before we dive into some recent go-tos, there are a few classics that can’t go unmentioned:

How I Built This

This podcast looks into existing successful companies and how they came to be. Providing insights into the journey of growth, listeners can learn from real-life examples of research, experimentation, scaling, failing, and learning. 

Masters of Scale

In this business and finance podcast, host and cofounder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman introduces a theory on how successful businesses scale, and tests the theory’s validity by interviewing founders about their own path to scale.

Scrum Master Toolbox Podcast

In a daily podcast, Certified Scrum Master, Agile Coach and business consultant Vasco Duarte interviews agile gurus and thought leaders from all over the world to get actionable advice, new tips and tricks, and techniques to and bring an agile business perspective and guide listeners in improving their craft as scrum masters.

Testing Business Ideas by David Bland and Alex Osterwalder

This book is being released on November 12, but we just snagged a preview and are starting to dig in. This book aims to bring clarity and sensibility to the experimentation process. 

Talking to Humans and Testing With Humans by Giff Constable

Talking to Humans is a practical guide for startups and innovators to the qualitative side of customer development. Its sequel, Testing With Humans, teaches entrepreneurs, innovators, and product teams how to run effective experiments and drive faster and more effective decision making.

Running Lean: Iterate from plan A to a plan that works by Ash Maurya

Running Lean combines many innovative methodologies, including the Lean Startup, Customer Development, and bootstrapping to deliver an action-oriented strategy for companies of all sizes to develop a “product/market fit” for any new venture. With a strong focus on engaging consumers throughout the process, Maurya focuses on maximizing your efforts and learning along the journey.

Escaping the Build Trap: How Effective Product Management Creates Real Value by Melissa Perri

Perri explains how laying the foundation – via communication and collaboration –  for great product management can help companies solve real customer problems and achieve business goals. 

Validating Product Ideas: Through Lean User Research by Tomer Sharon

This book provides step-by-step guidance for product teams to learn more about their customers and build consumer-centric products.

Design a Better Business by Van Der Pijl, Patrick, Justin Lokitz, Lisa Kay Solomon

Design a Better Business provides tools combined into a step-by-step process to scale a business successfully using The Double Loop process of identifying goals/rules and making room to test and modify these as you design.

Mind the Product

This community of passionate product people is run by product people, for product people, and united by a mission to push their craft forward together. In addition to their blog and multiple conferences, Mind The Products hosts a Slack community with over 20,000 users who engage in conversations around building products.


From best-selling books by thought leaders such as Ash Maurya, to hands-on workshops, to mentoring services and blog content, Leanstack helps others put their methodology – dubbed Continuous Innovation – into practice and systematically uncover what customers want, deliver products they can’t refuse, and grow their business models.

What other resources have you found helpful on your journey? We’d love to hear from you! 

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