How to Build a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in 2021?

The mistakes to avoid when building your MVP

Naureen Anwar
Feb 23 · 5 min read

So, what exactly is an MVP?

1. Identify your target group of users

Who will find value using your product? You are trying to find the early adopters for your product. These people need/want it so badly that they are willing to put up with something that works partially.

2. Ask the right questions

Most first-time founders don’t know how to interview users. I was no different. I was handed this gem of a book by an advisor, and it’s been one of my most recommended books for founders.

  • Ask them specifics about the past, and not questions about the future.
  • Don’t pitch your idea and talk about future solutions. Instead, practice active listening.
  • When and how often will they use them?
  • How critical is it for them to solve this problem?

3. Build your prototype and show it to your users

It’s fantastic, to be a founder in 2021 especially if you are working on software. You should be able to build a realistic-looking version of an app in hours instead of weeks or months.

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4. Carefully observe how they use it

Now, sit down with your users and watch them use your product. Was the prototype simple and easy to use? Was it intuitive? Does the design make sense?

5. Iterate your prototype quickly

It’s hard to get your prototype right the first time. Get feedback quickly and keep iterating on the product.

…the most important tasks for an early stage company are to write code and talk to users.

This is important to remember. As a startup founder, your time is valuable and distraction often masks as opportunities (podcasts, conferences, press coverage etc). Remember to keep your focus and execute quickly.

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Thanks to Elizabeth Dawber

Naureen Anwar

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CEO/Co-founder of NameShouts | Builder/Coder | Seeking Kaizen | (She/hers)

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Naureen Anwar

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CEO/Co-founder of NameShouts | Builder/Coder | Seeking Kaizen | (She/hers)

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