Quality of MVP

One of the most vexing aspects of the minimum viable product is the challenge it poses to traditional notions of quality … These discussions of quality presuppose that the company already knows what attributes of the product the customer will perceive as worthwhile … If we do not know who the customer is, we do not know what quality is … MVPs require the courage to put one’s assumptions to the test. If customers react the way we expect, we can take that as confirmation that our assumptions are correct. If we release a poorly designed product and customers (even early adopters) cannot figure out how to use it, that will confirm our need to invest in superior design … Thus, the Lean Startup method is not opposed to building high-quality products, but only in service of the goal of winning over customers.

Eric Ries, Lean Startup, (p. 106-109)


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