According to Eric Ries, the author of “The Lean Startup” “Minimum Viable Product stands for the version of the product that enables a full turn of the Build-Measure-Learn loop with a minimum amount of effort and the least amount of development time. The minimum viable product lacks many features that may prove essential later on.”
This leads us to the crucial insight when it comes to creating MVP: we should remind ourselves that it’s made for us to learn from. By testing and analyzing users’ behavior even with the simplest prototypes we can discover whether we evolve in the right direction before spending too much time and money. Defining the scope would be all about removing features, processes and effort that do not contribute directly to the learning we seek.
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