Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is building a product with some core features before developing the end one. It’s used for getting quick feedback from your target audience and making product improvements cost- and time-efficiently. With quite a lot of information about the concept itself and its use available in the net, there is not enough info about building the MVP from a technical side.
The core idea of building an MVP is to get quick feedback on the product while making cost- and time-efficient iterations to get some new ideas for the final product. With the primary MVP purpose in mind, the tech stack is also something that impacts customer feedback.
Here at BilSoft, we work with MVP development for both startups and established businesses. Many founders don’t have a final idea about the technology to use and don’t know where to start from when picking one. Enterprises also turn to MVP development when they need to test a new approach or idea and then go for fully functional software. We decided to share our expertise in building an MVP based on our previous cases.
When picking the tech stack for your MVP – there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Future functionality is something that defines the technology the most. Thus, you can choose Ruby on Rails for one MVP and PHP for another. In some cases, it’s better to use some pre-built options like Facebook Connect then building something from scratch.
If excellent mobile user experience is vital in your project – you need an immersive front-end technology. So don’t go only by the opinion of the technology experts but define the core functionality
Fitting the budget is essential both for startups, SMBs, and large enterprises. Instead of going to a costly and long-term tech stack, check if you can use the open-source technologies. Keep in mind the development costs as well.
Sometimes it’s more expensive to hire a developer for a specialized technology than it was expected. You should also consider other spendings like licensing requirements, hosting costs, and costs of technology frameworks, etc.
There is a common idea that you don’t need to care much about scalability when building an MVP. At BilSoft, we think it can result in terrible failures later. We agree that MVP is not the final product, and it needs to grow into a scalable end product. This means that the technology you pick should let you expand the architecture into a scalable software.
If you are going to test only the core idea, you might not even need a tech product but a landing page. But if you need to provide a demo with some functional features – you need a product that can be quickly scalable. There is always a chance of some success and media coverage of your MVP, which will provide new users. So your product should be ready to handle the load.
The picked technology should be flexible and allow making quick changes after getting any feedback from your users. It should allow for easy iterations and modifications.
For such cases, it’s a good practice to use agile project management methodologies as it’s designed for fast product changes. It also allows product owners to communicate and effectively contribute ideas on an ongoing basis.
SaaS is one of the best options to go with MVP development due to no upfront commitment and no need to worry about maintenance or upgrade. It’s great if you want to save time and resources.
For instance, you can always use services like Google Apps to collect user information, LiveChat, or LivePerson for customer support chat, kissmetrics or mixpanel for analytics, RJMetrics or Google Analytics for data collection and analysis, ZenDesk for customer support, GoodData, or Chargify or Recurly for billing services.
If you are an early-stage startup owner, you might have faced the shortage of experienced developers. Therefore choosing the technology for your MVP depends on the availability of the right engineering team members.
While some technologies might be old but a good fit for your product, it can be hard to find developers who are willing to work with a specific technology. The reason is that it’s not so innovative and forward-looking.
In contrast, some modern technologies may be very attractive for the developers, but you’ll face a limited talent pool.
However, we suggest choosing your MVP technology based on the user profile, features, and strategic plans. At BilSoft, we have a large talent pool with various technologies available to start building your MVP right away.
If you consider using open-source technology to develop an MVP, check the community network, and support the technology. It’s a must-have to accelerate the product development lifecycle. A strong community network and detailed documentation can be essential resources for solving any issues or learning about the new functionalities.
When building your MVP, consider the features set carefully. Try not to add too many features as you can mess up with the technology and launch deadlines. Pick the parts that will cause a “Wow” effect the ones you believe in.
After giving thoughtful consideration to your target audience, pick the tech stack, engineering talent available, scalability options, and strong developer network.
If you have any questions or need some guidance, don’t hesitate to talk to the MVP Experts at BilSoft, and we will be happy to assist you.