If you've got a great idea for a mobile or web application, one of the first steps to take is to create a “minimum viable product”, or MVP for short. The idea behind an MVP is to prove your concept with an initial version of your product which has enough features to satisfy early adopters.
It’s preferable to building a prototype or proof-of-concept in that you don’t have to throw it away when you decide to go ahead and build the full product - you simply build on top of the MVP to add more features.
You don't need any technical background or design expertise - that's what we're here for. We'll take care of all the techie and design stuff, allowing you to focus on the product and business itself.
With this considered, MVPs are great value for money - we lay the foundations to get people using your product, and in turn get your revenue streams up and running.
The first stage is the initial meeting - we’ll get to know each other and you’ll give us a helicopter tour of your idea and what inspired you.
Input: Tell us about yourself.
Output: Some cups of coffee and meeting some new people.
If everything is groovy, we’ll aim to do 2-3 days of workshop sessions with you.
During these sessions - sometimes called "discovery" - we’ll get to the bottom of what your idea is, who will be using it, what they will be able to do, and the strengths and weaknesses.
Input: Your brain.
Output: Project proposal with costings and time estimations.
Once we’re happy that we’ve got a good mutual understanding of what is about to be created, we’ll enter into the development phase.
We work "agile" which means weekly catch-ups with you where we will show you the progress since our last meeting.
The catch-ups are a great opportunity for you to give feedback and have a voice during development.
Input: A weekly show-and-tell of your MVP, and your feedback.
Output: Guidance on whether we're on the right track.
Within just a few short weeks, we will have turned an idea in your head into a working mobile or web application that is ready to be put infront of investors, early adopters or even paying customers.
Input: Our time, development and design skills.
Output: Your minimum viable product.
We’ll schedule a time to sit down and have a review of the MVP to see what the next steps are. In our experience this happens sooner than you might think - because of the nature of the MVP process, you’ll get feedback from your early adopters or peers very fast. We’ll be there to provide anything from small changes to the next phase of your plan.
Input: Your feedback on the MVP and your next steps.
Output: We gain an understanding of what's next.
Our MVP and prototyping package is £6,000+VAT for a 3-week MVP (15 working days).
Typically, most MVPs take no longer than 3 weeks to build. If you need more time for extra features, we'll give you an honest and transparent estimation of what it will cost to achieve your goals.
You don't necessarily need to fund the whole project yourself. You may wish to take advantage of some of the many grants available for entrepreneurs looking to build something in the tech industry.
Many of our clients go for the Scottish Enterprise By Design grant - something which we can provide all necessary information in order to get your application approved.
The beauty of the MVP is that it's designed to be built ontop of. After your initial pilot, you'll almost certainly have feedback and feature requests. In most cases, we'll plan future phases of development right from the start.
We'll be here when you're ready to expand and scale your product, using the same iterative co-design and development process: small chunks of work, transparently planned and priced.
So, all set to get started? Great! The first step is to make contact - pop some details over to us here or send us an electronic mail to [email protected].
If you’re in Edinburgh, just pop in - we’ll put the kettle on and sit down for a chat. We’re in Codebase on Castle Terrace - just look for the big ugly concrete building - and ask for Russ and Kyle.