MVP – Not a factory that produces “most valued players” but rather in the Lean Startup sense where MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product.
Eric Ries (Silicon Valley entrepreneur and author), after some limited success and a couple of his own large failures realised that too many startups begin with an idea for a product that they think people want. They then spend months, sometimes years, perfecting that product without ever showing the product, even in a very rudimentary form, to the prospective customer. When they fail to reach broad uptake from customers, it is often because they never spoke to prospective customers and determined whether or not the product was interesting. When customers ultimately communicate, through their indifference, that they don’t care about the idea, the startup fails.
At Big Inja we develop using many of the Lean Startup Principles that Eric has documented with the most commonly employed one being the MVP. While the ERP solutions we deploy cover a wide spectrum of business areas and touch on many different sector applications, we do not profess to be experts in all. What we have become quite good at is developing modules on an agile basis that come “out the box” with basic functionality to serve a particular expected need or fill a specific workflow or supply-chain gap. We are then able to rapidly deploy these modules to our customers and rely on their expert operational knowledge and experience in their sector fed back into our development road-map to grow and refine our products. This results in solutions being implemented, with direct customer input, making them “truly customised”. The beauty for the early adopting customer is that they have a direct line to the developer and they have a specific say in the outcome of the development.
Over time we have become experts at churning out MVP’s and have geared our business (factory) around becoming as agile as possible in order to support this process and our customers. Ultimately we want to work with forward thinking companies that see this benefit – are you the owner or CEO of such a company?
Check out this infographic below which highlights the MVP process: