Why you need a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) when developing a software product, service or platform
Who wants to wait a year or two or three to get their product developed and deployed to their users? No one! You need a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
There is no point developing features in a product just because you have thought of them. You need to think of those features note them down and present them to your engineers, consultants and developers as they need to plan and design for the long term vision. Without this, they can’t make a system that is scalable and will serve your ultimate vision.
What you need to do is define what the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is, you need to plan and define what the most important features are that will provide you with an immediate impact and result. Once it is delivered you then asses what worked what didn’t. Then plan the next “chunk” or deliverable that will add more value to existing features or add new value and repeat this process.
Following this process, you will then be able to generate immediate Return on Investment (ROI) and create a huge impact on your employees and customers. This is the key to delivering software that works, is well received and returns the best bang for your buck.
Why do you need to build an entire user management section when you only have a closed group of 10 users using the platform initially? You don’t have to, that can be added to the backlog and documented. The users can be imported into the database and achieve the same result. Use your money wisely.
Without following this process you are just developing modules and features are nice to have and not necessary in the first few iterations of your product. In the long run, they might end up being developed but initially, they’re not needed.
Go and define your new Minimum Viable Product (MVP)