Lean startup: MVP/Prototyping restrictions

Creating an early version of a webapp is highly important if you use the lean startup methodology (to get early feedback from your potential customers). For a developer/designer like me its really hard to create something that doesn’t look nice and/or has not all the features I intended to create.

Nevertheless it has to be done, thats why I inflict on myself these restrictions in the future:

  • no colors – black and white have to cut it
  • basic html – no CSS tinkering or at least a bare minimum only
  • only the front page + one additional page – reducing the amount of pages will reduce the time till the MVP can be launched

I know that this will be really hard and that I’ll probably make a few exceptions but I spend a lot of time tinkering around with small, unnecessary details (especially when it comes to CSS). These restrictions shall remind me that this doesn’t matter (at least not in the first few iterations) and hopefully I’ll stick with it..