Wendy, I share your concern about individuals using MVP as an excuse to release mediocre applications, and I expressed agreement with that point in my comment.
However, as we address this misapplication of MVP, we should also acknowledge — indeed, highlight — the importance of purposeful experiments to confront risks. The failure to thoughtfully identify risks and address them in the quickest, most purposeful fashion is arguably a worse problem than amateurs releasing mediocre applications.
The choice is not between releasing a mediocre application and a brilliant one. Our “releases” can be experiments targeted judiciously to test our highest risks, without releasing crap and without wasting months or years to release what we assume, untested, will be a “brilliant” product.