Does it even matter anyway?

One of the most prevalent questions I get from stakeholders when shipping a feature:

Are we delivering a Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?

Commonly-used term? It’s everywhere!

Confusing? Yes! I struggled to apply it in practice

In this article, I will share my experience making sense of the term “Minimum Viable Product (MVP), why it matters, and the practical steps I took to apply in practice.

How the tech world defines MVP today

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is a term coined by Eric Ries as part of his Lean Startup methodology and he lays out a definition for what is an MVP:


Image: Motor Authority

Before I started my journey as a product manager, I always imagined my first product feature launch would turn out like this:

Cheering crowd with hands raised and falling confetti …

As you may have guessed, if that were the case, I wouldn’t be spending my Saturday night writing this article. So here’s my first lesson:

Lesson 0: Forget the certifications, just build something.

No matter how I tried to download the “perfect” product theory and frameworks from books and online courses into my brain, there are some lessons that can only be taught through experience. …


The answer you’ve been searching for, in a nutshell.

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This article will take you through a journey inside the mind of a person who has no/little experience when it comes to this topic before gaining a (somewhat) comprehensive understanding of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ (AI).

This journey will be broken down into 3 different parts:

Part (1): How will AI intelligence supersede human intelligence

Part (2): When will AI intelligence overtake the human race

Part(3): What if a digital superintelligence has successfully been created and for some reason, it wants to take over the world. Will it be able to do so?

FYI: This article focuses on Part (1).

Before we start, I would like to clear a general misconception about the concept of AI. As nicely summarised by Tim urban:

Stop thinking of robots. A robot is a container for AI, sometimes mimicking the human form, sometimes not — but the AI itself is…

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What exactly is IoT? How does IoT work? What makes up an IoT solution? Does it only apply to consumers like you and me? I have a Google Home/Alexa, am I adopting IoT? What about businesses? How do you think it’s possible for food delivery apps (Honestbee, Grab food, Deliveroo) to track your food from the kitchen to your location in real-time?

If you catch yourself being confused at this point, you are not alone.

What is Internet-of-things (IoT)?

If you google the term ‘IoT,’ thousands of definitions, articles, and studies turn up. To put it simply, “things” sense and collect data and send it to the internet.

How does it work?

‘Human Anatomy’ will be used as an analogy throughout…

A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the whole “Silicon Valley” hype where amazing technology companies such as Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon (& the list goes on…) are changing the world with their groundbreaking technologies.

To me, the introduction of these technologies was essentially like “magic”. Real-life Tech Wizards inputting strings of words (code) into a computer and transforming them into websites/apps (Google Search Engine, Facebook, Slack, etc) that has been so indispensable in our everyday lives. I was convinced that innovation is the way to make people’s lives better & I wanted to be part of it.

Valerie Alexis Chang

Passionate about simplifying deep technical concepts to both general and technical audiences! Challenge me with any tech topics!

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