Minimum Viable Products and other schtuff

The worst something looks, the better the feedback people will give. Don’t spend time polishing the design of your minimum viable product. It could hurt the quality of feedback you get. This was my main takeaway when I read a quote from Chris Thoen, managing director of Global Open Innovation at Procter & Gamble. At the […]

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§596 · September 11, 2016 · Lean Startups · (No comments) ·


Tonight, I will play my first basketball game in two years.  Basketball was a large part of my childhood.  I’ve been thinking back to the origins of playing basketball in my youth.  Here’s what I remember. My first basketball hoop was a bright orange milk crate with the bottom cut out. It was hammered to […]

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§490 · February 3, 2016 · Lean Startups · (No comments) ·


The concierge mvp is an interesting concept because the lean startup method is all about eliminating waste and the concierge mvp seems wasteful from a distance.  To a software developer, it doesn’t make sense to manually perform a task when you can get a software program to do it for you.

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§88 · January 4, 2012 · Lean Startups · 12 comments ·


Curing diseases is in many ways, very similar to running a startup company.  You define a clear problem.  You hypothesize ways of solving the problem.  You implement your hypotheses in a controlled environment.  You examine the results. Much like startups, if a surgeon is lucky, he can follow a colleague’s surgery and examine the results […]

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§71 · January 3, 2012 · Lean Startups · (No comments) ·


There has been a lot of confusion with the terms minimum viable product and what I consider minimum viable tests. The minimum viable product is a term that is based off of the “minimum feature set” that Steve Blank often refers to.  Although Steve refers to these terms interchangeably, the minimum feature set is the […]

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§25 · December 2, 2011 · Lean Startups · 3 comments ·