Ambitious January

In January, I have two ambitious projects that I will complete. I will be challenged to get the projects done on time. I will release two experiments to test what people want.

I will release two Minimum Viable Products(MVPs) in January. The term Minimum Viable Product comes from Eric Ries’ book The Lean Startup. An MVP is a “version of a new product which allows a team to collect the maximum amount of validated learning about customers with the least effort” [Wikipedia – Accessed 2019-01-04]

The purpose of releasing MVPs is to see if anyone is even interested in your product. When working with an MVP, you start with a hypothesis. Then you develop the simplest version of your product. Then you see if people are interested in it. You can ask people to express interest by signing up to be on a mailing list about the product. Or you might ask for people’s commitment by asking them to pre-order the first versions of the product. Your approach might vary, but the purpose is to discover if people are interested in what you are offering. MVPs allow you to figure this out with only a little bit of an investment.

It’s time to put my money where my mouth is — two projects, done on time in January. It will be a learning experience in delivery, as well as in customer discovery. I can see a couple of holes in the way that I am approaching this, but done is better than perfect. If – strike that- when, the two MVPs are released, then I have another 11 months this year to do what I ‘should’ have done in the first place. If I wait for the perfect plan, I’ll never deliver anything.

More to follow on the products, and the project plan. . .