AUTHOR Lou Crane
DATE Jun 2023
How good does your MVP need to be?
Not very, to be honest!
The perfectionists amongst us will be fidgeting at this, but a successful MVP needs to be:
Speed and efficiency is essential at this early stage.
A good MVP will satisfy early-stage decisions.
You can test an idea with real users before committing to a large budget.
You can demo something tangible that goes far beyond a pitch deck.
It is there to gauge how viable it will be when it is scaled to a full model.
Our approach to MVPs follows Gall’s law which reminds us that:
If you want to build a complex system that works, build a simpler system first, and then improve it over time…you will never be able to anticipate all of these interdependencies and variables in advance, so a complex system built from scratch will continually fail in all sorts of unexpected ways
And most importantly, if you don’t put a limit on your time, features and expectations, it will never be finished. Instead you be left with technical debt, a growing ‘to do list’ and people waiting to see/test/invest in something that is spinning largely out of control.
Don’t be tempted to keep adding more features. Be strict with yourself and know that it’s a journey.
Want to know how to define your MVP? We offer a free ‘finding out call’ to help you onto that first step Bookings with me – Louise Crane – Outlook (office.com)