So, recently there was an awesome meeting of the lean startup group here in Beijing. There was a great show up, and I was tremendously glad that there was a really good mix of foreigners and locals, which improves the Startup Ecosystem.
I’ve mentioned I’m working on an ebook and like every project it’s taking longer than expected. I already sent it to some people for review which is making progress, but now what I need to do is edit it again AND look into the comments AND make changes , AND rethink the materials I’m putting in, AND…..!!!!!!
Does that sound like a project that’s somewhat out of control? Does that sound like a project that was not well planned?
Actually I did plan it. I made a list of subjects I want to put in and even sent them across to people to give me their opinion and feedback about it, so I can make better decisions if this ebook is really interesting or just a bunch of $@%#$%. planning part – Check!
What I didn’t do though is being lean about it! and I realized it only now (well, a week ago…). One of the most important rules in being lean is to work in small batches. What’s the point of doing the whole project, then being overwhelmed with the amount of work (or corrections) you have to do on time? (and I’m saying this as a co-organizer of a lean startup group!).
Working in small batches means you should cut your project and release small pieces of it, get feedback about it, learn from the mistakes and fix the next batch. I was actually writing a whole ebook, and only then delivered it for feedback, and I’m totally overwhelmed now, with what I need to do!
Ebook small batches
What’s the solution? What small batches do you have in an ebook?
Chapters! It’s so built-in in this object called a book, that I didn’t see it! Who said I need to publish a whole ebook at once?! Why not publish just a single chapter see what people say about it and then keep working on the rest of it, iterating with the feedback I get!
I can even iterate with the title of the book! If people would say it doesn’t resonate, no problem! It’s changeable! Isn’t that great?!
Anyway, my point is, look at the things you currently work on and see how you can cut them into smaller batches. Take your time thinking about it, and then DO it! If You need help with figuring it out grab an office hour slot with me.
The 1st chapter of the ebook is coming soon by the way!
First Chapter is out! register in any web form and get it!
Now over to you
Which new discoveries you have about doing things in smaller batches? What were the things you thought were the smallest batch that can be and actually could be broken even more, into smaller batches. For me it was my ebook, what’s yours?