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How to create a minimum viable product

Start small

A good rule of thumb is that a new website should have the bare minimum number of features needed to achieve its purpose - this is known as a minimum viable product, or MVP.

An MVP website might have just a handful of features, such as a contact form, a blog, and an About page. Or, it could have many more features, such as e-commerce functionality, a user login system, and complex search functionality. The key is to start small and gradually add more features as needed.

A minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to be viable in the marketplace. It is the simplest form of a product that can be created to test a hypothesis or market demand.

An MVP allows entrepreneurs to validate their ideas quickly and cheaply without incurring the costs of developing a full-fledged product. It also allows them to gather feedback from early adopters to help inform future product development.

An MVP is not a stripped-down version of a product; it is a fully functioning product with a core set of features that meets the needs of early adopters. The key is to focus on delivering value, not just features.

So why do you need an MVP? An MVP allows you to validate your ideas quickly and cheaply, gather feedback from early adopters, and focus on delivering value. It is the simplest form of a product that can be created to test a hypothesis or market demand.

How do I come up with my minimum viable product?

First understand what your customers want and need. Once you understand this, you can determine what features to include in your product and what can be left out. Remember, the goal is to create a product that meets the needs of your customers with the fewest number of features.

Practically, the process can be distilled into 3 steps:

  1. Identify the problem your product will solve for your target market
  2. Identify the key features that will solve this problem
  3. Prioritize these features and determine which ones are essential for your product to have in order to be successful

Remember, you can’t be everything to everyone. You need to choose on a few things at most to focus on.

How do you know if you have a good MVP?

A good minimum viable product is one that meets the needs of the customer with the least amount of effort. It should be able to be released quickly and with little cost. If your product is too simple, you’ll be able to tell because customers won’t use it. If it’s too complex, you’ll also be able to tell because it will take too long to develop and release.

If you’re looking to create a MVP, start small. Determine which features are most important to your users and focus on those. Don’t try to build too much at once or you’ll never get your product off the ground. Start small and iterate based on user feedback to create a product that people will love.

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