Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been lecturing at UK universities giving a practical overview of how we use the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) approach at Next Jump. I like Eric Reis’ definition but it doesn’t quite describe how the MVP process works for us in practice, so I thought I’d share how I described it:
The Minimum Viable Product is one which only allows features that are absolutely required, to be released to a population of real users from which measures of success and failure can be observed, feedback gathered and iterative improvements made.
They key concepts are:
- The Minimum number of features, and the minimum is probably fewer that you think.
- Measurable results, which enable you to statistically analyse and quantify performance of iterations.
- User feedback, which gives you a true insight into how users are interacting with your product, what works and what doesn’t.
- An Iterative Process, as without iterations your product will never move from minimum viability towards an optimal solution.
A while ago, I came up with a new idea for a website which I (obviously) thought would be quite and interesting experiment. Over the past month or so, I have been recruiting a few of my friends to get involved and now I can announce that the project is officially in the pipeline.
So what is this idea I hear you say, well the basic idea is a fictional story told from several different characters perspective written by different authors. I know this isn’t particularly groundbreaking, however where this idea differs it that everything will be written on a series of blogs.
Each blog will be a window into the private diary of one of the characters, and all the diaries will be aggregated together to create one big story! There will be global plots which run through all the diaries, however the individual authors will have the freedom to go wild with their own characters.
Hopefully I will get things going in the next month, so watch this space.
A while ago I purchased an FM transmitter from eBay so I could play songs from my Nano on the radio in the car. However when the transmitter arrived, it wouldnâ€™t work! So I sent it back and got another one (months later).
The second transmitter just about worked for about 10 min of use, and then killed itself. So I have decided to give up on it.
Apparently these devices are illegal because of archaic radio licensing legislation, but I doubt the one I had was illegal because if didnâ€™t actually transmit anything!
Anyway, donâ€™t buy one of these!
My V3 razr seemed a fairly good phone until the other day when it committed suicide. Now its about as much use as most of my debit cards, easy to fit in your pocket but otherwise useless!
I went into O2 today to get it fixed and in return I got a brick for a courtesy phone. Unfortunately I forgot to take the numbers off my old phone before sending it away, pants! So if you sent a message and I havenâ€™t replied, sorry it Motorolaâ€™s fault!
I know this isnt something amazinly new, an alot of you will already know about this program but I thought it was worth a mention.
Skype is a voice over ip (voip) service which enables you to speak to people over the internet, much like a telephone.
How is this any better than the one built into msn you may ask.
- Skype is a cross platform program, so can be used on windows, linux and mac. So your not limiting yourself to windows users.
- With Skype you can call both intenet users and non internet phones including mobile phones!
- You can purchase a telephone number so lanlines and mobiles users can call your computer phone.
- Its not built by Microsoft, that must be a bonus!
Also one great benefit if you can call internationally at a much lower cost than any landline company in the uk.
Let me know if you get it!
The wonderful Microsoft corporation have done it again, but this time its personal!
Today on waking up at 7.30am, I thought I would leisurely watch some TV on my computer before my exam. So I turned on the power to be greeted with my nicely glowing case. Windows began to load as normal (slooooowly that is) but I noticed it was doing something unusual. It wasn’t loading windows at all, it was rebooting, over and over again!
In the end I got bored and am now in trusty linux!