ToThePoint book mindmap

23 Apr 2015 | Lean Inception


To The Point; a recipe for creating lean products

Post update: ToThePoint was the eBook that evolved into the Lean Inception book.


Last night I did a mindmap on the ToThePoint book. I was interested in understanding what have influenced me for coming up with such recipe. I did use a retrospective activity for it. I used the story of a story retrospective activity. The activity result helped me understanding the path that took me to the ToThePoint book. Looking at my own timeline (from 2006 to today), I have created the following mindmap which summarizes it.


ToThePoint book mindmap

Basically there were three major influences on this book:

Lean Start-up

I have lived on Silicon Valley from 2000 to 2007. I worked on several start-ups back on these days. But I felt the learning cycle–from idea to a real product—was way too long.  Such feeling drove me towards the Lean Start-up movement, which culminated with Eric Ries amazing Lean Start-up book (2010).


Since 2000 I have been using Agile Methodologies. In 2000 I met Kent Beck at the OOPSLA conference. I bought his newly released book and started using XP practices as a developer. In 2006 I joined Thoughtworks and got exposed to many people using all sorts of agile methodologies.  Scrum, Kanban and FDD are some of the names that influenced me the most. After a few years my understanding was beyond a framework or its practices. Principles and value started being natural to me.

Design Thinking

I was first introduced to Design Thinking several years ago by Jeff Patton. It was 2006 when I was introduced to the collaborative agile inceptions, and many activities around personas, user journeys and story mapping. Then I got Design Thinking into every day development and product planning meetings. When I started leading the product discovery phase, design thinking was my facilitation and work style.


Paulo Caroli

Paulo Caroli is the author of the best-selling book “Lean Inception: How to Align People and Build the Right Product” (the first on a series of books about Lean Strategy and Delivery). He's also the creator of , a site and book about retrospectives, futurospectives and team building activities. Caroli writes on this blog frequently. Receive the next post in your email. Sign up here .
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