Make Your MVP Your MVP
The acronym MVP is used in sports to mean “most valuable player.” Another meaning of MVP comes from the business and software engineering world and it means “minimum viable product.” This blog post describes how to make your minimum viable product your most valuable player.
Techopedia defines minimum viable product as “a development technique in which a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters. The final, complete set of features is only designed and developed after considering feedback from the product's initial users.”
In other words, the thing you just made works but it will be improved upon in the future based on use and feedback.
But how does that apply to everyday life and the things we do?
When we are trying new techniques, routines, or anything out of the ordinary we sometimes try to make it as perfect as possible right from the start (and sometimes even before we start). It is tempting to try and optimize a task or process before starting instead of simply getting the ball rolling. As much as we plan there is still no substitute for actually doing something.
Let’s say that you want to learn a skill like speaking a new language. It may be tempting to start thinking of buying a language learning app right away or breaking down goals such as how much you plan on learning per week. These can certainly pay off but doing something simple like watching a YouTube video about the language can be immediate and you might even pick up tips you can use right away or suggestions of how best to continue learning. Trying to plan things out thoroughly before taking the first step can lead to prolonged procrastination and hinder building momentum.
Another example is starting an exercise routine. Instead of getting moving we can sometimes convince ourselves that we have to plan out an entire process like deciding that we’ll have to exercise a certain number of times per week or listing all of the types of exercises we’ll do before even picking up a dumbbell.
Optimizing a process is virtually impossible before we even know what the process fully involves. Getting feedback and learning from it is a crucial step in working toward goals. It is a much better approach to adjust our approach as new information becomes available instead of trying to envision solving each and every single little thing which may or may not be a future problem.
Taking too long to get started can seriously set us back and deprive us of building momentum. Jump into what you’ve been putting off and refine the process as you go. Don’t delay, start today and make your minimum viable product your most valuable player in achieving your goals.