How long is MVP developed?

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by Dmitry Elisov
Oqtacore CTO

When we talk about building an MVP, we understand that MVP means “a very, very simple product”.

For example – without 3G, Appstore, MMS, etc, the iPhone 1G was a very, very simple product.

It doesn’t mean that the quality of the product is intentionally lowered, though. The quality in this case is measured by how much this MVP reflects the final vision of the creator.

“A very simple product” might mean that only a very little set of features exists in the product. For example, if we build a first car, it might not have LED headlights, heated seats, and event seatbelts! But it should still have a motor that runs and moves the body of the vehicle together with the driver and passengers risk-free. If the first cars would explode, nobody would use them today. If the first zeppelins wouldn’t catch on fire, there is a high chance we would use them today.

So, you should understand what would make a simple first version of the product, and still build it with a highly technical team. A good technical solution will not be a competitive advantage, it never is, you should remember that! A good technical solution gives you a better impression on the first customers, they are not distracted by technical problems, and instead tell you the details of the problem they need to solve.

So, good build quality of the MVP is important if you want to gather only relevant feedback.

What time period should be taken for building an MVP? It depends on if you have a full-software product, or it has some hardware part.

Software product

For a full-software product, the right amount of time for building the first MVP is 2-3 weeks. The first week might be completely spent on writing the spec, so it’s only 1-2 weeks for building. Is it very little? Indeed! Does it make you think hard on what’s really important? Of course!

The best part here would be to consult with a technical expert and separate the tasks into 3 categories – hard/medium/easy. A hard task would take one developer the full development cycle, a medium would take 1-2 days, and easy can be done multiple a day. After a few such sessions, you will get a feeling of what can be done quickly and brings huge value, and what can’t be done quickly and bring low value. One sweet thing is that hard tasks can be decomposed into an easy and a hard task, and the easy part might have that high value. So the planning process is really, really important.

Hardware product

For a hardware product, it’s usually almost impossible to have a quick first MVP. For the first Tesla model it took a few years. So in this case investment is a very important part. Try to gather a team that can land an investment without having any real product, just theoretical explanation of what and how should be achieved. Pay attention to educational background and extensive in-field experience when you gather teammates.

Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I start working with OQTACORE?

We have a call and discuss details of the project

You make an initial payment for the project

Our CTO and your assigned Project Manager write the specification documents for the project

We discuss and approve the specs with you

We compile the specs into a development schedule

We implement the specs with releases every two weeks

How much does MVP cost?

It depends on the package you choose. Feel free to explore each package with prices and examples on our landing page or use our calculator.

How much time is take to build an MVP?

Prototype – 10 days

MVP for one platform (Android/iOS/Web) – 1-3 months

MVP for three platform (Android/iOS/Web) – 3-6 months

Do you sign an NDA?

We sign an NDA with each customer. All the source code and intellectual property will belong to you.

Who will I communicate with during the project?

You will have 24/7 access to PM Saveliy Leniivin and CTO Dmitry Elisov, who will guide your project from start to finish.

What are the team’s working hours?

We work on weekdays Pacific Standard Time (PST), UTC -8. 8am – 11pm. This schedule allows us to communicate with you and to do the work as efficiently as possible, regardless of the time zone difference.

How can I control the project?

You will have access to Jira (it is a project management software used by many companies in the world), where we will manage your entire project. There, you will see each task and its due date.

Is it possible to add/remove features after the project has started and specification and implementation plan have been approved?

Yes, it is possible. We will create an additional specification, in which we will write down the additional features you want to introduce, and we will add them to the UI design and development plan.

What will I get as the end result?

A ready-to-use application that can be downloaded from the App Store, Google Play or used as a web app + all copyright for the code + documentation.

Can I come and visit your office?

You can visit us any time!

Are you a team of just 7?

Our core MVP team consists of seven people: CTO, IT PM, Designer, Backend software developer, Frontend software developer, QA tester. This is an example of our team that will interact with you during the creation of your MVP. As the app develops and expands, other members will join the team.

Apart from developing MVPs from scratch, we have a team that is engaged in maintaining current projects and scaling them. For one of our customers, we have assembled and manage a team of 23 programmers who are continuing to develop our customer’s successful startup right now.

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