MVP and Lean Startup Steps: What Should be my First Decision!
The First MVP and Lean Startup Steps
So what are the very first MVP and Lean Startup Steps I should take? Clearly this is my first question. Should I just start to develop an MVP in the form of the simplest course possible and see if anyone will purchase it? Is that the first of the Lean Startup Steps? Should I make a list of all the features that the product might contain and try to narrow it down to the ones I think are most crucial?
Wait, don't some Lean Startup advocates suggest that a Minimum Viable Product can just be a webpage that allows people to click on an order or preorder page? That’s certainly more of a minimum product than even the simplest course. So maybe I need to see if people will go to a webpage and preorder the course.
I can sum up my answer to all of the above in a word: "No!"
The first of the Lean Startup Steps is determining what you want to learn from the Minimum Viable Product!
Questions to Determine What to First Learn from an MVP and Lean Startup
Lean Startup MVP question 1: What are you uncertain about that could dramatically influence success? This question serves as the first filter to uncover what to test with your MVP Lean Startup.
Lean Startup MVP question 2: Can this uncertainty be best resolved through an MVP in contrast to less labor intensive methods? If so, an MVP and Lean Startup might be the right steps. Alternatively, if you can truly verify information with some simple library research or a few phone calls, don't build an MVP to resolve this particular uncertainty!
Lean Startup MVP question 3: How minimum can you build your product, yet still remain viable enough to resolve a critical uncertainty? If it can be pretty darn minimum yet remain pretty darn viable, developing the product to resolve that specific uncertainty might be the first of your steps! If, however, resolving the uncertainty requires that you build a minimum viable product that, despite being an MVP, is nevertheless expensive and complex, try to address other concerns first.
In my next MVP-Lean Startup blog, I will strive to answer the questions above to figure out how I should start.
My Journey's First MVP Lean Startup Lesson: The earliest of many Lean Startup steps is determining what you want to learn from the Minimum Viable Startup!
What are your thoughts about the Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and Lean Startup Steps?