We all have been in a situation where a problem keeps growing and we need to find a solution as soon as possible. When this happens, we tend to look for the greatest solution that eradicates completely the problem, but that is hardly ever possible.
At Daniel Apps we apply what we know to our work or daily life issues, and there are some methods and terms that can help us solve those problems, and one of them is Minimum Viable Product or MVP.
A Minimum Viable Product is a basic version of a product, with just the essentials features to make it work. This is usually the first version, which can be upgraded depending on the needs.
In developers world, MVP is used to test products with minimal resources and expenses, reducing the development hours since it’s pretty basic and it won’t take as much time as a detailed product, being able then to deliver a product in a short frametime, or as soon as it is needed.
Also, the MVP is that version of a new product a team uses to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort, and it can also be the base of a bigger and complex product.
Probably you are asking yourself how the MVP helps solving or appeasing a problematic situation in our lives or work.
Just as we create a basic product in a short time to cover deadlines or needs, you can create solutions, basic ones, to calm an issue down.
Attention to this: MVP is the first and basic version, that means, it can be improved. Whenever you create a simple solution to de-escalate an issue, you are gaining time to prepare a more complete version of that solution, covering the issue in a more detailed way, and finally solving it completely.
Here in Daniel Apps we guide you to make your own solutions as MVP with the next steps:
1. Identify your immediate needs
Everytime we have a big issue, we focus just on that issue. Our main need is to solve it, but with it, there are some other needs, that can be primary. The first step is to analyze our problem, what needs it has and which of those needs are urgent. Once we have cleared this, we can move to the second step.
2. Building a basic and functional solution for the primary need
This step is a bit complex if you are out of ideas of how to create a solution, but remember, this is a specific and simple solution, not the definitive. A mistake we normally make is try to find just one solution for the whole problem, and it usually doesn’t work like that.
Take your time to create a solution for the first and primary need of your issue and it will be easier to de-escalate it. The more needs you cover, the less complicated your issue is.
After you manage to build a basic solution, you have to test it. This will help you know if that solution works or not and what new actions you have to take to optimise it.
If the testing went wrong, and your first solution didn’t help at all, iterate. Select a new point to begin, with a new basic solution that could actually work as base to eventually solve the whole issue.
The basic solution is not the end of the process. In order to solve and get rid of the issue completely, you have to upgrade that basic solution, covering new needs and new functionalities.
As you create, test and upgrade, your whole product, or solution, will be just as you need.
At Daniel Apps we base our work on our clients needs, and creating MVP has helped us develop the product they want.
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