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MVP vs MLP

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) you’ve probably heard of. But Minimum Lovable Product (MLP)? Put simply, it’s the minimum set of features required for your users to love your product (as opposed to just tolerating it…)

This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.

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Do-My-Users-Care-O-Meter

Wouldn’t it be like crazy silly if you built something and then your users didn’t really care about the thing you built? Well take it from me, buster, it happens all the time. So it’s probably best – before you build your new features – to find out if your users will care about it. Capiche?

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Empty Shelf Syndrome

Empty shelf syndrome is when those things we’ve been looking forward to – have become attached to – are suddenly made uncertain. I need a holiday. It feels like we’re in uncharted territory, and decisions are hard to make. Did I mention I need a holiday? But come on now, Bryan, you’ve got this – sure you confront uncertainty every time you create something – every time you put pen to paper and bring something to life?

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Content is not just King…

…but King, Queen and everything inbetween. Following on from this post, the motives behind how you play your hand come through in the content itself. Open hand anyone? Here’s a blog post all about it…

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Content

Content to fill an empty page. Is that all I am to you? Just an image for someone to notice? Just a paragraph to draw someone in? The words and pictures have become the product…

Having said that – when we talk about what we’re up to in an open way, others can really benefit. I know I’ve learnt so much from what others have been open to share.

This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.

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A slip of the tongue

Sometimes, a slip of the tongue presents itself as an opportunity to join things together that should never be joined together. You’re welcome.

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What you don’t know you don’t know.

In any problem space, there’s the stuff you know you know (I know the parts we need to make this work). Then there’s the stuff you know you don’t know (hey – let’s find out about that and work it into our plans before we start building!). But the reason why a tech project is usually overtime and overbudget is because there’s always stuff you don’t know you don’t know (cough, be more agile!, cough). The truth is, I barely know what I do know half the time, never mind the stuff I don’t…

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Some systems are bigger than others.

As the Smiths once sang, “Some systems are bigger than others, some systems’ mothers are bigger than other systems’ mothers”. Ok maybe not, but following on from this and that it’s worthwhile showing that some parts dominate the ecosystem. In my experience, the more embedded a component is, the more difficult it is to change or replace. This part of the ecosystem has deep roots. No-one knows who planted it or why, but it’s been here for as long as anyone can remember…

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Mapping out your Eco-system

Following on from the need to draw out an ecosystem, it’s sometimes helpful to think about the different categories of elements. So for a technology solution there might be elements to the client facing, elements that are stand alone tools, and then internal communications to join the two together…

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The Big Ecosystem

“It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem…” wrote G.K. Chesterton. An ecosystem is a tricky thing to draw because every ecosystem is different. I guess it’s a borrowed term that points to a bunch of things that are related to each other and therefore impact each other. In the context of solving a technology problem, it’s essential to have an understanding of the big picture as you can only really solve a problem when you can see it clearly. So draw out a visual landscape of all the parts, and see how many questions, gaps and misunderstandings pop up…

This Thinkery was captured live during a series of workshops by We Are Open, for Catalyst.