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I start to believe that the real trick is not to identify MVP as actual software of minimal scope but really to try and emulate your business by running it manually. Unless you are building a strict application (like a mobile game or another CRM app) but rather providing a software-backed service just reach out to potential users and try to sell and deliver. Not only you won't have to waste any time on building any speculative software solution but you should also learn a lot talking directly to your users.

The false picture we frequently have is that the thing we sell and should focus on is software, whereas it's really the service and experience, just automated by a software component.




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