In the world of software development, we help clients get from their current situation to their ideal situation. Clients bring a plethora of big ideas to the table without always truly understanding the cause of their pain point. We figure out what is causing the symptoms instead of throwing a bandage over the open wound to make it easier to look at. The easiest way to get to the root of the issues is to determine a Minimal Viable Product (M.V.P.). A Minimal Viable Product is a product that purely addresses the issues and saves future features until users get a chance to use the product and provide feedback.
Focusing on a M.V.P. forces you to highlight the explicit problems and needs in front of you, without getting wrapped up in the “nice to haves” or added features that may or may not be beneficial. This will help prevent spinning in circles trying to figure out what users might want. Here are a few things to think about before started a new venture.
- Budget – Figure out your initial budget for your project and ensure that your ideas and expectations don’t exceed the reality.
- Timeline – Plan out a timeline for your project and keep you goals within the realm of possibility. Don’t allow ideas along the way to ruin your outlined plan unless it is something that is critically going to affect the success of your project.
- Target Demographic – Focus on the particular group of people that your product or service is being created for.
- Scale for success – Start with the bare bones of necessity for your target demographic and don’t add excess. Any great ideas that come up, but aren’t necessary for the initial product, should be noted and saved for future enhancements.
Remember, keep it simple in the beginning. You can always scale up and add onto your project after the initial release, but getting it out to your target audience is important. The feedback you get from your M.V.P. users will help shape the direction for future enhancements and features, which is why that is the most valuable feedback you can receive.