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    MVPs are too M and almost never V.

    Then it’s not an MVP.

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      Indeed. And the author’s experience is clearly the opposite of my own at a medium sized company where “MVP”s are usually not at all minimal.

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        Yeah, in my experience there’s no shortage of people who look at the original MVP spec and say “but surely we can’t show it to people without XYZ?” and by the time they’re through, you end up with triple the requirements, but no additional time budgeted :)

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          It’s hard to get an idea of what “not minimal” is for a medium-sized company. My observation is that you can get into problems once you start making micro-adjustments based on A/B tests, or have to cater for negative impacts to other parts of your product. This happens in larger organizations, but I can see any size of organization getting caught up in their own metrics and approach. Features get cut into smaller and smaller pieces and/or don’t get fully fleshed out later once the original A/B test completes. The feature is less value to the user, but the team feel like they are doing the right thing for the product, and no one may be minding the overall product.

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            Sure. But I’m talking about things like defining your ideal feature set, selecting half of that and calling it minimal, even if the core functionality is 1/10th of the ideal feature set. My general rule is that if your MVP has a settings or configuration screen, it’s not minimal enough. :-)

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        “change all the letters and keep the spirit”

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          Cue the emergence of a new “slc punk” diy/zine/crust subculture as an unintended side-effect of this choice in naming.

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            My first thought was SLC flash memory

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            If it’s not usable, how is it viable? If it’s not simple, how is it “minimal”? If it’s not complete, how is it a product?

            I get what the author is saying, but it would be more helpful to say “be more rigid in your definition of MVP” than to try to make a new abbreviation buzzword.

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              This is a bit more business-oriented…would be a great submission over at barnacl.es!

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                If my customers are the people giving me money… aren’t my customers the VCs? They just want me to build a user base, so that my company can get bought up by somebody who cares about that stuff. What, did you think my customers are the users? Don’t be absurd.

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                  I think I agree with what they’re trying to get at, which is that 99% of released software is shit that technically meets some list of business requirements. That said, I’m not sure I would associate Wordpress hosting with an improvement over that state of affairs.

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                    I dislike SLC, and love MVP. I guess I am not a customer then.