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  So, you’ve got this big idea, right? But, you’re not sure if it’s gonna fly. Well, that’s where a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) comes in handy. It’s like building a tiny version of your big idea to see if people like it. A minimum viable product, often abbreviated as MVP, refers to a product that includes essential features to engage early adopter customers and validate a product concept in the initial stages of product development. In this article, I’ll share ways you can develop a minimum viable product. Let’s begin! 
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  1. Know Your Big Idea

First things first, you have to know what your big idea is all about. What problem does it solve? Who’s going to use it? Why is it awesome? Once you’ve got that down, you’re ready to roll.
  1. Pick the Must-Have Stuff

Now, here’s the tricky part. You can’t put everything and the kitchen sink into your MVP. No, you have to pick just the must-have stuff. What’s the core of your idea? What’s the one thing that makes it special? That’s what you focus on.
  1. Keep It Super Simple

Okay, so you know what you need. Now, strip away all the fancy bells and whistles. Keep it super simple. Remember, you’re not trying to win any awards here. You just want to see if people dig your idea.
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  1. Build, Test, Repeat

Time to get your hands dirty. Build your MVP. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It probably won’t be. That’s okay. Get it out there and let people try it. Then, listen to what they say. What do they like? What do they hate? Use that feedback to make your MVP even better.
  1. Don’t Get Discouraged

Here’s the thing: your MVP might flop. And that’s okay! It happens to the best of us. The important thing is to keep going. Learn from your mistakes and try again. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?
  1. Rinse and Repeat

Once you’ve got feedback, it’s time to go back to the drawing board. Tweak your MVP based on what you’ve learned. Then, do it all over again. Keep building, testing, and improving until you’ve got something people love.
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Final Thoughts

And that’s it! That’s how you develop a Minimum Viable Product. It’s not rocket science, but it does take a lot of hard work and a willingness to fail. So, roll up your sleeves and get started. Who knows? Your tiny idea could turn into the next big thing.
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This article was first published on 13th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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