At the initial stages of development of a product or a service many critical strategic decisions have to be made in the absence of sufficient data. As a result, the developed functionality may turn out to be redundant or cumbersome, which will lead to the need for redesign and rewriting of elements already developed, changes in the architecture, significantly increasing costs and time required for the product to enter the market.
To protect the project from these risks, it is important to get feedback from the early adopters as soon as possible by offering them a useful product with a minimum set of functions. This approach to development and its first result is called a «Minimum Viable Product» (MVP).
Developers use the term «terminating technological risk» to describe a technically impossible solution that can bring the entire project to a halt. In order not to stumble into such a situation after significant investments, a number of tests are carried out at the initial stages to help determine whether it is possible to implement a function before going into production.
The prototype helps to give the concept a visual form. At this stage, important issues of implementation between internal stakeholders are identified and resolved, and presentation material for potential investors is created. This tool helps to bring ideas to their first embodiment, protects against the risk of additional remodeling costs for the already developed elements, and provides material for subsequent stages.
Have you correctly identified the needs of your target audience? How will your first users react to selected front-end solutions? Are you missing any important aspects from the real life conditions of use? A minimum viable product allows you to find the answers to these questions. Without allowing real users to try your product live, it is impossible to understand the direction of further action and the veracity of the original hypotheses.