I prefer to write about things that have either not been written about previously or where I think that the value is still being missed. This article is the latter criterion, given that the term “minimum viable product” was coined in 2001 (according to Wikipedia). Like many patterns and processes related to technology, there is more to the use of “MVP” than the name implies.

Minimum is for targeted effort

The “M” in “MVP” is often misconstrued as the minimum to go to market at the start of the effort, though it is more suited to the end of the effort. The definition of “minimum” should evolve through the life cycle of design and development.

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