What is an MVP (hint: it’s not the most valuable player)?

An MVP is shorthand for minimum viable product, which is the most basic form of your idea that will generate the most interest/validation.  It is not the release with few features.  An MVP should be the just the core features to enable the idea to be understood and used.  Eric Ries gives a great definition of an MVP

“The minimum viable product is that version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort.”

So what does an MVP need to be to be considered, well, and MVP?

1. An MVP is a product. Customers must be able to use it.  It's not a landing page collecting signups.

2. An MVP is viable. It must  solve the real problems your customers have.

3. An MVP is the minimum version of your product vision. It is not half done or untested.  However, this again is the top problems, not every little thing.

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