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A Summary of

Minimum Desirable Product

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Andrew Chen
Andrew Chen
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In product development, a product is built only to the point in which it can be tested.

Two types of tests include the following:

Minimum Viable Product

  • Building a product that solves the core problems of customers to allow for feedback to guide product development
  • Usually centered around business perspective, which varies across different companies
  • E.g. Profitable social network with poor user churn rate

Minimum Desirable Product

  • Focusing on outputting a high-value product experience for customers
  • E.g. Magic box that spits out money whenever a button is pressed

In the short run, desirability trumps viabilities as startups seek to achieve product/market fit.

There are some markets, like pharmaceutical drugs, where the engineering aspect is prioritized, leading to Minimum Feasible Product.

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