How should we define MVP?

A million dollar question every product manager faces, “how should I define Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?” As a PM, I always like to think about how can I design my product so that I can make it Most Valuable Product with minimum efforts?

I face following questions when I think about MVP every time:

  • There is a higher bar for quality now than ever before. It means I can not compromise on quality and performance. If that is the case how should I consider quality, performance and all functional requirements in a given timeframe?
  • Dictionary meaning of ‘Viable means: capable of working successfully; feasible. But what does ‘Viable’ means in MVP? Is its development cost, is it possible to build the product or is it usage by customers?
  • What are the essential requirements should I consider?
  • Is there a way I can capture customer feedback before I build MVP?

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Machine Learning/AI/Big Data Products – Whether to Ship or to Learn is the Question?

Google displays personalized search suggestions, Netflix populates recommendations for shows, and Amazon provides products you may like widget are notable examples of machine learning or big data products. These product features will not show accurate results until algorithm understand end-user pattern. Therefore, the fundamental question for machine learning/AI/Big Data product managers is whether to ship or to learn?

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As a PM – Do You Care about Organizational Behavior?

I was fascinated by coordinated and structured efforts from ants when I was 6. On the other hand, I was baffled to see group conflict and unstructured behavior in the organization at 22 during my first corporate job. As a Product Manager, dealing with people is an inevitable part of the job. One of the biggest challenges for PMs is to influence engineers and negotiate with the business team. If that is the case, how PMs miss organizational pattern to understand engineers and business team behavior?

An organization is the group of people working towards the same purpose. However, we always see a conflict of interest between the engineering team and business team, and as a PM, your role is to connect both sides of an organizational spectrum. Today in any organization; as a PM, you work with engineering, support, marketing, sales, professional services, and finance department. It means PMs get an opportunity to work with people from diverse background, culture, and experience. As product managers spend more time with various teams, they need to understand personal behaviors, a key motivation of each team/individual and company objectives.

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