MVP development: what is MVP, why do you need it and how to build it

Why does your project need MVP first?

  • Release your product faster than your competitors;
  • Introduce users to your product and find your target audience;
  • Get response about functionality and what you need to develop or change;
  • Validate your project idea;
  • Increase users’ knowledge about your brand and its recognizability.

How to build MVP?

  1. Research
    Market research is the most important part before MVP development. This way you understand your project capabilities, restrictions, and correlate your business goals with user expectations. Careful market research ensures that resources will not be wasted on an idea that users don’t need.
  2. User map creation
    This stage implies the entire product concept construction and product design that will guide its users to achieve their goals and make conversions for you. Mapping user journey helps to define priority features that can lead a user to his goal and satisfy his needs in the fastest and easiest way.
  3. Project Decomposition
    For the quality MVP development you should identify the basic set of features that can fulfill the needs of your users. Try not to overload your MVP with functionality as maybe your user needs something completely different while you spend resources. You can identify possible features according to their necessity: what definitely should be, what maybe will do the product better and what hypothetically can be added. Together with users’ insights you will have a plan for the further updates.
  4. Building
    The development stage includes client and server side creation, software testing, integration and deploy. From the very start it is advisable to release MVP for one platform to receive feedback from the focus group. Don’t get stuck with product launch without market needs insights. The faster you iterate, the faster you reach to your target audience.
  5. Analysis
    After the MVP release, you should analyze the results and repeat the cycle from the beginning. MVP can be continually improved and may grow into a complex software project.



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