Hints for further MVP development

MVP is a Minimum Viable Product. This means building the mobile app with only the minimum but absolutely necessary set of features. It doesn’t mean the product is not functional or unfinished. It helps to validate the most important purposes of it. What should happen after releasing the MVP? Firstly, you should check its performance — if the app’s goals and intentions are accomplished. Then, decide whether you should develop the mobile app further or not. By further MVP development I mean adding new features or changing some, as well as (possibly) modifying the designs.

If you’ve made the decision to improve the product, this article will give you a couple of hints on what to do next. You’ll also get to know what you should think about before you proceed.

Should you even proceed with further development?

First, answer the question: why do you want to develop your MVP further? There are a few reasons why it’s worth trying:

  • The app has a chance to be successful on the market if it’s developed. You have an idea how to change in a way that will improve its performance
  • Your product has already been successful but you need a more advanced solution to serve more users.

There are certain conditions that you have to fulfil to proceed with further MVP development. Firstly, you have to be sure that your app actually can be developed. You’ll also need a team (a partner) who is determined to do this. Developing the MVP cannot be an act of desperation, because then it won’t help you in any way.

Spend some time analyzing and do the market research. Check if your competition and target audience has changed and make a development plan. Don’t be afraid to use someone’s help but also be involved in this research. You have to be sure that your idea actually has a chance to be successful. An experienced team can definitely help you with that. Just make sure that your product will be positioned around what the customer values and needs.

What you should know

What to do after making the decision to develop the MVP? You should focus on giving your feedback to the team and providing documentation of the project. Everything depends on the purpose you want to accomplish. These are the examples of questions you can be asked before the development:

  • Is your MVP concurrent to the app you want to obtain when the project is finished?
  • Are you keeping the features the same but improved?
  • Do you want to stick with the current design?
  • Who is your target audience?

If you want to change most of the features and the design during further MVP development, it can also be done. But in this case, remember to go back to what was said above. You need to make a deep analysis to check if the idea for your product is good. Then, the team has to check if it’s possible to use the code from the MVP. And if so, they can proceed with the development.

You can also take advantage of the reviews from users. Aren’t they the most important here? If you succeed to meet their expectations, they’ll keep using the app and they’ll recommend it further.

Who’s going to develop my MVP?

Can the further MVP development be conducted by the same people who released it? Well, if you’re satisfied with their service, of course it can. You can commission this task to the same team after they assure that they’re able to do that. However, it’s not necessary to stay with the same team or company. If something was wrong or if you simply want to see a different approach, you can look for another one.

Let’s say you decide to hire a new team to implement new features to your mobile app. The first thing you need to do is provide the whole documentation from your project. Then, if everything is fine, you can start proceeding with the analyses and get to work. However, there are several cases in which the team might refuse to develop the MVP. They can offer to rewrite it. This might happen e.g. if the code is of poor quality. It can also happen if the technology used for the development is not supported anymore.