Sunday, June 24, 2012

My Review of Running Lean, 2nd Edition

Originally submitted at O'Reilly

Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works

Running Lean, 2nd Edition Review
By m2web from Erlanger, KY on 6/24/2012
4out of 5
Pros: Easy to understand, Concise, Accurate, Helpful examples
Best Uses: Novice, Expert, Intermediate
Describe Yourself: Developer
This book is a practical work that enables you to take immediate steps to a lean start-up . In a nutshell the subtitle states the content of the book: "Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works."

One of the more helpful aspects of the book is its emphasis on learning the market fit of your proposed product by working face-to-face with potential and actual customers. Moreover, you are given examples of how to test your hypotheses, determine product pricing, define your Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and learn and improve from each step in the start-up process.

Finally, the book provides links to several helps such as the Lean Canvas which is "the faster, more effective way to communicate your business model with internal and external stakeholders" at

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Updating VirtualBox on Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot 64 bit

I went to update my install of VirtualBox on Ubuntu on my Acer Aspire Netbook. When I went to update via selecting the DEB file the Ubuntu Software Center app was not responsive to my selection to install the new VirtualBox build. A little digging and I found the next steps. From a terminal:
sudo apt-get remove --purge virtualbox-4.1
Note that the version will depend what you have installed. Then when I selected the VirtualBox.deb file the Ubuntu Software Center acted as expected by installing the upgrade. Mind you, I know that I could have issued a:
sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.1
but I wanted the latest that I just downloaded from Oracle.