People walked all over me all the time. I didn’t say a word. I abided by the rules. Till those noisy, rude, impish kids stomped on my very respect. I had to say a stern ‘Excuse me’. Now no one comes around to bother me. They whisper warnings that the place is haunted.
‘The police says the increasing reckless killer may be a local..’
He open the door slowly.
“That killer in the news & all, you shouldn’t be opening door without checking-“
“But I know you are not” he said, as the plumber’s body fell to the floor.
“I didn’t do it” was his defense. But he was the most obvious to be the perpetrator. He fit the description, had means, was around, easy to arrest & they had no other suspect. In the times when Science is the state religion, he awaits execution by the Occam’s razor
Everyone was shocked when the police found a dead cat in a box in a nearby home. The owner pleaded the cat was alive & the police officer actually killed it. In the times when Science is the state religion, the officer now awaits trial for murdering Shrodinger’s cat.
The play area was empty. It had been inaugurated only yesterday, But that accident had freaked everyone. It wasn’t the child dying of a fall from a height of 13th or so floor. But, it was the fact that there were no high rises in the whole area.
An MVP ‘thin slice’ allows the product team to align a key business process for clear desired outcomes and value to ones who are ultimately paying up. This thought needs a little extra when it comes to Platform MVP.
A platform (data or otherwise) supports multiple channels (desktops, mobile, voice, etc), business applications that consume data via services and data sources that pour data into the platform.
The hour-glass approach allows to establish a platform MVP: a small set of capabilities critical for the key business application, useful & usable for at least two more applications and are scalable for many more business applications.
This approach matches the metaphor of an hour-glass. It is broad on the top covering a few business processes, narrow in middle for the minimal set of capabilities and broad at the bottom covering multiple data sources.
Platform MVP to Replace a Legacy Platform
When replacing a legacy system, it is common to take the Strangler Approach. However, for a platform, this runs a risk of creating a platform that was too close to the key business process and the relevant data sources. The platform runs the risk of being tightly coupled with that key business process.
The Platform Product team should focus on providing a minimal set of capabilities that would be useful for the key business application. These minimal set of capabilities should also be sufficiently useful for at least two other. The platform capabilities should be sufficiently useful for the other two business processes so they would invest enough time with the Platform Product team so the Platform ProMa can analyse their possible needs.
Platform MVP for a Business Process
Like in eCommerce, a business process consists of multiple important steps. Again, a ‘thin slice‘ or a ‘strangler application‘ may not evolve to the right MVP. The Product Team should identify key steps in the process and define ‘thin slice‘ or ‘strangler application‘ for each step.
I have effectively used this approach for designing a Data Platform for a Private Bank. I have talked about this approach in my book on Product Management called #ProMa.
Image Credit: hourglass by Mint Shirt from the Noun Project
Based on his popular blog, Dinker Charak brings a collection of tools, methodologies, and some unexpected approaches to Product Management. He also talks about his entrepreneurial journey from the eye of a Product Manager and discusses the strategy and its failures.