I hate the MVP culture

In product development, the minimum viable product (MVP) is a product with just enough features to gather validated learning about the product and its continued development. (the wiki)

This is what happens when efficiency concepts permeate culture.

The MVP, a good idea gone bad:

  • Tinder the MVP of dating
  • Online dating as the MVP of courtship
  • Facebook the MVP of friendship
  • The feed is the MVP of information
  • Tweets are the MVP of news
  • Blogging, the MVP of journalism
  • Kanban, the MVP of WBS
  • The sprint, the MVP of the Gantt
  • Soylent, the MVP of healthy eating
  • Listicles, the MVP of advice

I could go on forever.

Thank God there is no MVP brain surgeon, MVP plane, MVP nuclear power.


But MVP is not a new idea:

  • Libertarianism, the MVP of society
  • Communism, the MVP of equality

Here is the thing:

  1. MVP is compromise
  2. Compromise is debt
  3. Debt is certain future
  4. Certainty lowers awareness

MVP misses the big picture on the long term.