A Minimum Viable Product by definition is a Product and by virtue of this must solve a real problem in a real world production scenario with sufficient quality, which usually means something that customers are willing to pay for. Unfortunately engineering and business culture often focuses too much on minimum features but forget about their viability. This results in products being unstable, unusable and unacceptable. So for a Product to survive it very important that Quality is accelerated early into the Product life cycle. Its important that Startups don’t see QA as someone who would delay their goto market, rather QA should be seen as an instrument which would allow them to take their MVP to market with better quality and higher confidence.
Its recommended that the Startups following Lean methodology to follow Build-Stabilize-Measure-Learn cycle. The QA should run parallel to Dev in the Build phase so as to ensure that Startups need to spend optimal time in the Stabilize phase.
Following are the ways in which you can accelerate Quality in your Product Life cycle while keeping QA cycle Lean :
Above steps will ensure that you are mitigating the risks surrounding your MVP from the initial stages. You would be giving your MVP much better chance of surviving in market and also would safeguard your time & money by avoiding slippages, re-work and customer backlash.