Link: I hate MVPs. So do your customers. Make it SLC instead.

MVPs are too M and almost never V.

Jason Cohen

I have no idea where this came from. It was either in my Twitter feed or my LinkedIn (or unlikely but possible in my Facebook feed). Every morning I get to the office, check the feeds and open anything that looks interesting in a new tab. Then when I have time, I take a quick skim.

So how this came to me was lost in the process. But I’m sure the acronym MVP is what captured my attention. We have been speaking about MVP in the office quite a bit lately.

Now, if you read the article, you might get the impression the author is talking about something like a website or a service that a startup is offering. And it might not be obvious the connection to Instructional Design. But what we are building, our training, is a product. We treat it as such here, and we often discuss MVP. What is the Minimum Viable Product that we need to deliver? It’s great to have our grandiose plans for training. But as time gets tight, we ask ourselves what’s the minimum we need to produce to be successful. We want to do more, we hope to do more, we’re trying to do more, but what’s the line we must cross?

We throw ideas around on this team. And when we are struggling we think “our project is huge, how are we going to cross the finish line in time?” So we are constantly discussing what is our MVP. But we have struggled with language some times. We want to do more than just achieve a pass. We want to produce training that’s clear, useful, embraced by our audience. And as such, we want to optimise efforts into the parts that will be of most use to the broadest audience.

I shared this article with my team. This idea has been at the front of our mind for the longest time. This allowed us to put the idea into words. We haven’t been looking for the minimum. We don’t want to treat every training piece the same. Our team has stopped talking about the Minimum Viable training pieces, and started talking about building Simple, Lovable, Complete training pieces.

Great inspiration!

I share this article, and all good inspiration pieces with the rest of my team. And they share good things back! I saw this in my morning feed check on my LinkedIn page. It inspired me to write this article this morning:

Remember, you are the resource! So share something good with me!


Kenneth “Scott” Huntley is an Instructional Designer, LMS and WordPress consultant, EdTech conference junkie and all-around general tech nerd.

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