We expand Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to business ideas – for leaders to know what must be included in an idea to generate buy-in within our organizations.

You know someone (and you may be one too…) that has a gazillion ideas in every conversation. This program is to challenge us – to task us with taking an idea and keeping it to ourselves until it is complete. There is a right time and a right way to present ideas. As leaders who want to increase effectiveness and aspiring leaders that want to be seen as promotable we can learn from the concepts of what makes Minimum Viable Product and apply them to ideas. To make complete, actionable, thoughtful ideas. Jess Dewell hosts panelists Mark Carruthers and Rally Vargas to discuss what makes a minimum viable idea.


Program 111 - Minimum Viable ProductStarting the Conversation:

  • What is a minimum viable idea, and why is it important to have all parts in place before presenting/talking about it?
  • What can we reflect on to improve our thinking about what’s needed to present a product or idea?

Host: Jess Dewell
Co-Host: Mark Carruthers

What You Will Hear:

What is a minimum viable product (MVP).

The role of communication, who’s spoken too, and the assumption everyone always listens.

Ideas alone don’t get the job done. It’s the person that can create and complete projects that get the credit.

The MVP concept applied to an idea.

The steps for the process to build a complete product/idea outline to move the buy-in needle.

The feedback process that supports problem solving to foster creativity (instead of squash it).

The core pieces in place (a beginning, middle, and end) for a product/process improvement.

Fostering complete ideas develops our people in active, hands-on ways.

Communication is a two-way street. Speak up and ask!

Sneaky WHY questions to remove subjective responses and get to the info being sought.

Timing matters. Stories of timing mishaps.

Notable and Quotable:

Mark Carruthers: Create a MVP that is useful, not necessarily a finished product to be inexpensively and timely.

Jess Dewell: Some problems don’t get resolved right away.

Mark Carruthers: Everyone must be on board and hold their attention, maybe start with a simple idea.

Jess Dewell: The WHO is important, and the underlying reasons it helps them inform decisions.

Mark Carruthers: Usually people when they say no, they quality it with what they think matters.

Mark Carruthers: Getting negative feedback isn’t bad. It’s good! We know more.

Jess Dewell: We can use our skills to drive change, even when the answer is no.

Jess Dewell: How do we use our skills to add MORE value.

Mark Carruthers: There is nothing worse than hiring a talented person and not using their skillsets.

Jess Dewell: Communicate our expectation, what is the path, to foster a space to encourage ideas from our team.

Mark Carruthers: I always ask [a question].

Jess Dewell: Work on our own clarity when we communicate.

Jess Dewell: Taking the time to think about something can bring our heart and soul along.

Mark Carruthers: Hold the wants and needs for potential customers throughout the product/idea development.

Resources:

To Question or Not to Question…That is the Question

Tags: feedback, communication, minimum viable product, useful, practical, customer, viewpoint, culture, clarity