How to start with MVP?
For people from the outside of Information technology industries may not know the jargon MVP(Minimum viable product). For any technology it is standard process to develop a minimum viable product before it’s launch to test the product’s viability and feasibility in the market.
What is the purpose?
As it’s term Minimum viable is what describes it all about. Like tiny products which may resolve the pinned problems for users. Which means it would have the least possible features and that is acceptable by the trial or initial customers base.
MVPs are based on ideas which have more impacting features in problem resolution. Which means we can reduce time on additional features and it’s risk of market failure. There are many pros to making an MVP before going for production.
- Spending Less resources.
- Quick entry to the market.
- More coverage from the starting up.
- Less risk of failure.
- Not a gigantic investment needed.
- Your vision can align well between ideas and actual market.
- Early stage traction.
So the question raised is what we should include in MVP?
Multitasking is a lie … It’s an effective way to get less done.~ Gary Keller
Well there are many possible ways but the shortest way could be the only listing out the features and arrange them by it’s importance. The best way to sort it out is by polling or feedback from desirable customers.
Before a standard requirement polling and feedback are much powerful results which shows the consumer demand, ethics and sentiments about your product.
What would you learn from it?
Answers is limitless… Yeah, it depends on the product owners, whether their interests increase due to market reviews or not. It still depends on product owners as visionary ideas may be acceptable on it’s own time. Like digital learning platforms, 90% of people refused to take these services before COVID19 pandemic but later on… we all know their growth.
In the emergency there were some startups which were started up due to high demand in their areas like medicine and other health material supply chains, they needed to come up with quick solutions as the market flooded. Startups of that time set priorities and came up with minimal but very useful features like case management just by QR and NFCs. It survived due to its capability of maintaining a problem resolution ratio rather than fully featured things.
So the burning Question : how to start with an MVP?
Creating Concept and Blueprints of IDEA.
It provides a clear picture of why and what to decide how. It clarify with visual points that are generally not negotiable to include.
IDEA validation and approval.
Customers or the end users who are going to use it and its viability checks are important. As they are going to pay for it. In better words, users’ anticipated surveys for the far sighted reviews and insight of the user interests.
Go for the HOW 9 Steps.
When why and what is clear, how will be easy…~ Simon Sinek
- Let’s build an efficient and effective MVP with the following steps.
- List out all the features and organize with its need and dependent features.
- Grab the essential and most important 1 to 3 features that resolve the problem.
- Make a user flow with all entities that interact with users.
- Make some wirelines based on features decided to confirm the application flow and user experience.
- Convert wirelines to UI and develop mock interfaces with navigations and routes.
- Make an APIs and business logic for the UI decided, if there is a Server interaction applied.
- Integrate APIs with the Interface and add logical part of the application on the frontend.
- Configure, test and go live for the initial customer base.
Note: Scalability checks and threshold tests depend on the MVP you are going to release for the number of users.
No attractive perks, No marketing needed until the MVP passes through the user surveys.
Large scale project’s MVP should be made in parts and also can be multiple released with user issue resolutions.