HOW TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL MVP?
Read this article to know the best practices to follow for MVP development and common mistakes to avoid while building an MVP.
Many entrepreneurs & startup owners begin with a dream in the pocket and a twinkle in the eyes, but somehow everyone does not turn their dream idea into reality. Nothing can be worse than investing hundreds of dollars and a lot of time into building a perfect app only to find out that there is no need for that app at all!
Many of those entrepreneurs get disappointed when they don’t quite turn out as expected. Their perfect app, jam-packed with cool new features, is not useful for the users, and that leads to sheer sadness.
If you wonder if there is an easy way to start simple and small, test the water, and estimate if your idea will ride the wave of success, then, yes there is! It is called MVP — a minimum viable product that will be a game-changer for your startup.
Perfection through subtraction
Developing a minimum viable product is all about doing the least to learn the most. Simply put, you scale down your startup’s grand vision to the bare minimum of core features for validating your idea with the user. And receive the product feedback to iterate until you have a product that your customers will love to use and be ready to pay for it.
With the MVP, you can work smarter instead of harder. You can release your product into the market at reduced time and money with the maximized ROI.
We have compiled a list of MVP best practices that you can follow to test your assumptions to get maximum learning and get people buzzing about your MVP app. Let’s get started!
Do’s of building an MVP
#1. Do one thing well
Many startups make the mistake of offering everything to everyone. It is understandable that when you are beginning, you would like to start stone, But in the beginning, your product is not required to be full-fledged at all. So, what should you do?
You should focus on trying to solve one particular problem with a viable solution for your users. And you should also target one specific target market for your MVP instead of targeting too many users,
The key to a successful MVP is; Do only a thing that matters the most but do it really well. Ensure that you are offering your users the complete functionality required for performing a particular task on your MVP app. Your MVP should be usable and simple. Consider your minimum viable product scope, then get the core right and offer it to users to test. Decide about what should be built on the basis of the user feedback.
#2. Deploy An Experienced Team For MVP
When you use an experienced development team for bullying your MVP, you can be sure that it will be developed most appropriately and is best-in-class. You will get better results for feedback of MVP if you will give more focus on the quality of the minimum viable product.
#3. Consider MVP As A Process
Many developers and startup owners commit the mistake of considering MVP a product instead of a process. You should think of it as a process that can be repeated over and over again.
You just need to identify the riskiest hypotheses of your application and identify the smallest possible way to validate these hypotheses so that the product can be improved based on the results.
#4. Use Real Data
When developing an MVP, you should consider utilizing the real data for your MVP. Keep in mind that it is a real app with minimum features and not a dummy product. So, if you are not using real data, your product users will not have a clear understanding of the MVP app.
Don’ts of MVP Development
#1. Don’t get off track
We all know that for software development, the sky is NOT the limit. Once your app development gets started, your mind will burst with a number of various ideas, “what if we included..? Or “Why don’ we try..? And many more.
When you are in this situation, sometimes you might lose the direction of launching your MVP in the market as soon as possible to get the user feedback. Moreover, it takes discipline for staying focused on what is important for the initial launch and testing your product. Therefore, you should start with the basics and make other improvements in future development.
#2. Don’t Choose The Wrong Development Methodology
The main aim of developing an MVP is to test the idea and get user feedback. Your MVP won’t be a successful product if you do not make the improvements in MVP based on the users’ feedback.
Therefore, (Test Diven Development) TDD is recommended for building MVP, which is a staple of Agile development methodology.
#3. DON’T Cut Quality in Favor of Features
Once you have understood the problem and target audience, you might know the features required for them, and you are all set to start building.
You should keep in mind that MVP should be as minimal as possible, and it should not be complex. And thus, it becomes challenging to decide what features should be in MVP.
Therefore you should be careful while deciding that and ensure that you are not cutting the quality of the product in favor for space. You must begin by building an MVP with all the essential features that address and solves the users’ core needs.
Developing an MVP for your idea can be a little tricky. Remember that MVP is just a stepping stone and not a final goal. The suggestion for your minimum viable product development is to learn and continuously improve your product until you get it right.
Get off to a good start!
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