An MVP needs to function as an actual test of the validity of your idea, not just as a cheap version of your product.– Baremetrics
Not every product is meant for SaaS success. So how do you determine the winners from the duds? One way is to create a Minimum Viable Product, commonly called an MVP.
Many founders often hit a wall when designing their first MVP, and some even face early bankruptcy from a flawed design process. If you’re looking to learn more about building your SaaS MVP, these 6 articles will get you started!
First up is Baremetrics, kicking things off with their MVP glossary. If you’re new to MVPs and all they entail, this is the perfect place to start. The anonymous writer behind this piece answers the 4 most-asked questions about SaaS MVPs, and provides a solid foundation for the articles below.
Your first order of business with the MVP process should be to determine which features you should build out first and what can wait until later.– Baremetrics
In this two-part series, DEVERO Corporation Founder and CEO Alex Devero pulls back the curtain on SaaS MVPs, showing what really goes into building one the right way. Part 1 is a moderate 12-minute read, and sees Devero break down the first three steps to building an MVP. In this article, you’ll learn how to find a viable problem to solve, to understand the problem you want to solve, and to identify your ideal customer/user. That’s a great start!
Creating something new is always risky. Fortunately, there is a way to lower this risk. How? You can build an MVP, or minimum viable product, and test your idea first.– Alex Devero
Devero’s highly-anticipated second chapter arrived early last month and did not disappoint. Though slightly shorter in length, part 2 covers a wider range of topics and makes for a more nuanced reading experience. This article discusses how to meet with your potential customers, identifying the job to get done (the core feature), shipping before you are ready, and more. The final section is titled Build it, ship it, gather feedback, learn, improve or pivot, and is possibly the most insightful piece of the series. Both posts together make for a short 20-minute read that is worth every second. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for building your MVP, look no further!
When you decide to build an MVP, you are also making the decision about your future. It may take few days, weeks or months to build an MVP. However, you may continue working on it for the next few years, even decades. So, make sure this is something you actually want. Make sure you are building something you want to dedicate years of your life to.– Alex Devero
ConversionAid‘s Omer Khan has a different approach to building a SaaS MVP. Taking to Medium to share his unique perspective, Khan breaks down his process for building an MVP without coding (or hiring a developer). But what are the benefits of building this way? If you’ve got 8 minutes, Khan has the answers!
These days, there are numerous tools available that make it easy to build an MVP without coding. If you’re willing to spend the time learning how to use one or more of these tools, you might be surprised how quickly you can build and launch your MVP yourself.– Omer Khan
So we’ve established what an MVP is, how to build one, and how to build one without a developer. But how do you build an MVP that won’t jeopardize your company’s success? To answer this question, we thought we’d include this brilliant piece by Bundlify‘s Nicholas Tart. According to Tart, the MVP of your dreams may be just 90 short days away, and construction can start as soon as today. His guide for doing this is thoughtful, concise, actionable and highly motivational. Give it a read!
If you want to see our secret process for building a production-ready MVP while bypassing the black hole of technical debt, keep reading.– Nicholas Tart
Last but not least comes a word of warning from mvpGROW‘s Eyal Katz. This deeply thought-provoking 10-minute read addresses the flaws commonly found in the majority of MVPs and explains why improvements need to be made. Katz not only asserts this need for a change but carefully outlines what he feels a change should look like. And we couldn’t agree more!
Ideas are easy. Building products, that takes a lot more work. Building products that sell and scale, that takes superpowers.– Eyal Katz
Thanks so much for joining us for another SaaS roundup. We hope to see you here again next Monday!