How to Get to Minimum Viable Product

Many books, blogs, and videos describe the what and why of a startup’s minimum viable product (MVP), but not many discuss how. This class provides a cross-industry, actionable framework for founders to define and create an MVP that works across technical platforms.

Approx. 3 hours


How to Get to Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

Every venture capitalist, board member and startup advisor counsels the entrepreneur to focus on building their minimum viable product (MVP). But how exactly does a company build out its MVP?

This training provides a structured approach to building your Minimum Viable Product (MVP), regardless of your specific industry or technical platform. It goes beyond simple sound bites to provide a framework that is easily applied to many different types of products.

It also provides a methodology full of best practices to plan and prioritize your features, resulting in a lean roadmap that minimizes MVP bloat. Paid students also receive several downloadable tools & resources to track, prioritize, and estimate the cost of individual product requirements as part of a visual product roadmap.


Get It In A Package

Building a successful startup requires many skills. Our training packages bundle multiple topics into a single purchase to provide introductory, core or advanced training.


Standalone Purchase

Founders who don't need breadth and only want a deep dive into Minimum Viable Product can buy this course à la carte and receive full access to all topics below.


Course Topics Covered in Each Package


30 Minutes
Introductory Topics, including:


MVP Background & Challenges

  • MVP rationale
  • Defining MVP vs. building your MVP

MVP Approach & Framework

  • MVP is not a product
  • How MVP relates to customer sales
  • MVP process: from earliest showable to earliest lovable
  • Characteristics of each MVP phase


  • The importance of execution
  • How product inflection points contribute to the startup funding strategy


1 Hour
Everything in Starter, plus:


MVP Examples

  • MVP types: mockups, videos, etc.
  • Examples from Airbnb, Stripe, etc.

MVP Planning

  • The importance of planning
  • How MVP affects inflection points & funding

MVP Features & Bloat

  • Feature prioritization to avoid bloat
  • Tracking user stories

Modern Product Development

  • Waterfall vs. Agile
  • Scrum concepts and sprints
  • Scrum roles, artifacts, & ceremonies


2.25 Hours
Everything in Pro, plus:


MVP Tactics

  • Process and control
  • Burndown tracking
  • Increasing accuracy of estimations
  • Business benefit rubric
  • Grading technical complexity
  • Bottoms-up engineering estimates

MVP Tools

  • Product requirements spreadsheet
  • Product roadmap & Gantt chart
  • Burndown chart

Startup Resources for Every Budget

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Annual Membership

Low-cost content for
early stage ventures
  • 8 hours of Startup Training
  • Focused on early-stage topics:
    Funding Strategy, Getting to MVP, How to Model Startup Financials
  • Exclusive bonus content
  • Presenter at 1 Group Coaching sessions per year*
  • Startup Roadmap & Blueprint
  • Starter Tools



Lifetime Access

Affordable content for
strong foundations
  • 15 hours of Startup Training
  • Focused on core fundamentals
    Funding Strategy, How to Sell & Fundraise Effectively, Getting to MVP, How to Model Startup Financials
  • Exclusive bonus content & access to all future classes
  • 1 Group Coaching session per quarter*
  • Starter & Intermediate Tools



Lifetime Access

High-value content
for proven scaling
  • 25 hours of Startup Training
  • Focused on advanced topics:
    Funding Strategy, How to Sell & Fundraise Effectively, Getting to MVP, How to Model Startup Financials
  • Exclusive bonus content & access to all future classes
  • 2 Group Coaching sessions per quarter*
  • All Pro & Advanced Tools
  • Optional: 6 Individual Coaching Sessions*

Just want this standalone MVP course? 

Get access to the full course and tools for just $297.