MVP development - Before you start
What is an MVP?
Are you ready to start an MVP?
Targeted market research
Is an MVP the right choice for you?
You are an aspiring start-up founder looking to validate your business idea – the fast & cost-effective way.
You want to “sell” management a promising project, but could use some strong data to back up your case and secure the intended budget. Since MVPs are a great way to test and release a venture, including actual customer feedback, they will make a strong case – and, if greenlighted - can quickly pivot into proper development.
You run a start-up and would like to outsource the risk and investment of maintaining an inhouse development team. An MVP lets you get your product to market quickly – and without the overheads of a full team.
Your company has hit some barriers of scale: since all resources are tied up in your existing product, you could use outside help to explore new avenues and develop new ideas. An MVP lets you do just that without breaking the bank.
Good to know: key aspects of an MVP
So, what’s the right number of features for an MVP?
The main differences between an MVP and a 1.0 product
How do you measure an MVP’s success?
Favour buy over make - MVPs often get heavily modified over time or even trashed entirely. We don’t recommend wasting time and cash on highly custom systems parts where you can cover 80 % of your use case requirements by incorporating an off-the-shelf component instead
Location service requirements are easily covered by tools like Radar, which offers contextual location integration out of the box
Pick start-up-friendly tools: which payment processor is right for you? Here, we often recommend Stripe since it is one of the most developer-friendly solutions and very fast to integrate. You can always switch to a better-aligned payment processor in the future, but when you’re building an MVP, speed and initial development costs (aka developer time) should be your prime focus.
Focus on coding only the core features – script and integrate everything else. You’ll be surprised just how many things you don’t actually need!
Favour static over dynamic content
Finally, make use of somebody else’s infrastructure instead of building your own from scratch (from Amazon’s AWS to ready made platforms like Google Cloud or Heroku).
To be continued ...
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