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Entrepreneurs and leaders face big questions every day. How should you be focusing your efforts? What will your idea look like in real life? How do you start? How many meetings and discussions does it take before you can be sure you've got the right solution? Now there's a surefire way to answer these important questions: the sprint.

Created by three partners at Google Ventures, the sprint is a unique five-day process aimed at helping businesses to answer crucial questions and deliver the best results in the least time, allowing the businesses to move on to the next level. It's a 'greatest hits' of business strategy, innovation, behaviour science and design thinking - packaged into a battle-tested process that any team can use.

Jake Knapp created the five-day process at Google, where sprints were used on everything from Google Search to Chrome to Google X. With John Zeratsky and Braden Kowitz at Google Ventures, the team has run more than 100 sprints with start-ups across all kinds of business, including mobile, e-commerce, health care and finance.

Sprint is about arming your business with a process to get problems solved by short-circuiting the endless debate cycle, avoiding groupthink and utilising the people, knowledge and tools that every team already has. It's for companies or groups of any size, from small start-ups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits - anyone who has a big opportunity, problem or idea and who needs to get started.

©2016 Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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Dumbed down version of The Lean Startup

Skip if you already read one of the game changing books about taking a scientific approach to eliminate unknowns and validate assumptions such as The Lean Startup, Hacking Growth, etc. This book attempts to do the same, but less neurons were involved at writing ita.

Skip if you haven't read any of those books and go and read them instead.

Read if this book was a present/requisite or you are in no mood/capacity to read a more in depth take on the same topic or simply if you are not into science and prefer a more anecdotal approach.

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Great Practical Read. No ambiguities

I loved reading and listening to this book. gone through twice already. Very practical insights that anyone can pick up and work with. I will recommend the methods defined in this book for any organisation that wants to continually innovate new products in an efficient and cost effective way. With the principles demonstrated here, you don't need to have costly experimentation of new product ideas. Excellent read!!!!

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Good Idea, Not Meant for Audio book Format

The ideas presented in the book are quite good and I believe will help teams validate ideas and find solutions to problems. However, I do not believe that the audio book format is an optimal one for this type of book.
It was hard to keep pace with the progress of the ideas and the references . A paperback or hard cover edition will work better, and I intend to buy one

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  • 01-09-18

Not ideal for the audio book format

While the topic isn't anything new, seeing examples of how sprints can be used to solve problems was very interesting. The problem, I found, was that it's more of a reference on running a sprint and for that the physical book would be more helpful. There were frequent lists, timetables and tools to use. In an audio
Io book format these were hard to follow. You'd probably need to by the book as well.

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  • Paul O'Connor
  • 08-08-16

Ok, if you can suffer the google talk

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The idea of a sprint is good and the scrum people have been using it for a good while now. The authors of this book claim their definition of sprint is different but I can't see a whole lot of difference, apart for the insufferable google hype. People who work for that company come across as the most corporate-indoctrinated folks in the world. Its really tedious to listen to and it ruins the book in my opinion.

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  • Rich Allen
  • 03-17-16

Amazing!

A truly great new system. If you like building things and the Lean Startup this book will fit right in.

Stop wasting time and use this system to test assumptions quickly.

Highly Recommended

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  • 02-05-22

Amazing book & method. For women only apparently!

5 star but I find it VERY frustrating that all the anonymous roles in this are presented as "she". E.g. "The decision maker, ... she decides", "the product designer, .... she can ...". Over and over again! Mix it up, or use "they".

You'll note that the 3 authors are all men, maybe they need a mirror before preaching an all women message to the rest of us! It distracts from the method and is relentless. 20 years ago it would have cool, trendy and thought provoking. Now it is just irritating and preachy.

Get past that, and there is REAL GOLD here!

I am in IT, use agile, work on product, have an MBA, keep up on things (generally) but think the ideas in this are gold. PLUS it is practical and instructive, not just "floaty in the clouds". It is anti-group think, which is great!

I havent finished this yet, but I think it is my favorite audio book now. Don't let the cover put you off. It put me off, which is probably why I ignored it until a sale came up. Now I feel slightly guilty that I got it at such a good price!

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  • Arzo Arsalan
  • 08-25-21

Time for me to push

the company that I work for to adopt it. Great book, wish people are willing to apply new methods of thinking in general.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-24-21

Great tool, described from the creators

Love that we get the well structured checklists. The book is easy to understand.

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  • Neil
  • 01-10-21

Engaging intro to the sprint design process

I’m experienced in all or almost all techniques covered in the book, but wanted to read it ahead of running a sprint myself.

As such I found the detours into sprint stories and detail on some techniques on the long side.

That said, it’s a very easy listen and if you’re less familiar with a user centred design process there’s lots of inspiration and encouragement here.

I’m now confident I know all I need to know to run a successful sprint.

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  • Mr. Brian Jenkinson
  • 01-07-20

5 days for focused decision making delivery

Maybe the days of 2 or 4 week sprints are dead. This book highlights new ways of accelerating sprints to collapse delivery within 5 days, while still reaching the desired outcome. Highly recommended if you have run sprints but wanted the output to be faster.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-19

Practical book

What I love about this book is that you can keep coming back for advice and then how to not only during a sprint, but also during day to day work

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  • owen clery
  • 01-30-19

Great read for anyone in business, loved it!

Very well presented, a great process for testing business ideas & told in an interesting & engaging manner.

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  • EdKrabs
  • 05-19-19

Worth the listen/Read

I was expecting something different. It definitely didn't disappoint. Gave me some new insights on resolving problems in a much more organised and faster approach. I'm all about Sprint cycles and planning, but this is a whole different kind of Sprint.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-18

Great read (listen)!

Loved it and will listen again and again! This will be a book I come back to constantly - I even went out to buy the hard copy

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  • Wayne Crown
  • 01-24-18

good start for bringing collaboration into design

I enjoyed the book, while I think it could spare some of the stories and explain a few of the techniques more in detail. Also the part of the user story mapping and the task amalysis is missing in my opinion. The checklists and illustrations are great, though.

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  • 08-26-17

A great way to test ideas quickly!

Particularly useful for software based solutions, the sprint offers a clear, structured way to test ideas without wasting too much time or resources. Could be difficult for smaller businesses to implement fully, but can be adapted to suit.

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  • Marco
  • 03-13-17

Concise, practical, and easy to listen to

I found the book very easy to listen to and well structured so that I was able to understand how to practically apply this in real life.

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  • Theresa
  • 10-17-16

Awesome toolkit!

Would you listen to Sprint again? Why?

Great practical toolkit on how to run a sprint in your organisation - even if you have no experience!

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

I would love to listen to more from these authors, helpful, practical, useful, inspiring.