Is My Poem Lean?

Lean is not about the funding you take,

The size of your sales force, the money you make.

Lean is not how much money you spend,

That you like your product and so does your friend.

To test your guess and iterate,

To kill your favorite feature your customers hate,

To exercise ideas, removing the sheen,

That is what makes a startup lean.


  1. sameer February 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Brant: Good one! Enjoyed it!

  2. Bryan Smith February 9, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    This is great!

  3. ibagrak February 9, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Not until you remove the third verse. I can’t stand it. 😉

  4. Tristan Kromer February 9, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Awesome poem dude,
    Only one small suggestion:
    Pivot to haiku.

  5. Simon February 12, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Inspired by “Fight Club”, mmh!?

    Great movie and great book!

    • brantcooper February 12, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      Not purposefully; can you refresh my memory? : )

  6. Hiro Maeda February 13, 2010 at 10:26 pm


  7. Gene March 18, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Great poem (funny but true). Everyone is implementing LEAN into their business toolkits (just had another LEAN training.

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