Let us discuss why does Minimal Viable Project Scope matter? Why should you even spend time thinking about MVPS?
Let us first discuss why we care about ‘minimal viable’?
Minimal viable is an antidote to complexity. So, when dealing with complex tasks, break things into simpler chunks. For example, in the case of product development, start with Minimal Viable Product. Then, slowly work your way to develop a sophisticated product.
Similarly, begin with the MVPS in the world of the projects. First, deliver the smallest possible meaningful project. Next, learn from your experiences refine the processes and tools. Then, deliver the subsequent projects.
It is pretty simple stuff!
All we are doing is reducing our scope to the bare minimum to deal with complexity and unknowns. However, often the problem is that we start initiatives with emotion, arbitrary deadlines and unnecessary pressure. In this environment, we oversee complexity, risks and possible challenges. In the heat of the situation, we do not think about MVPS.
Ok, now you can answer why MVPS matter?
- It helps to deal with complexity within the project
- The project team learn, adapt and do not make costly mistakes
- You de-risk your projects and deliver them consistently within set constraints of budget, time and quality
- It helps you to determine how long the piece of string is?
- It practically supports the Agile way of thinking
So think, reflect and advocate MVPS for the next initiative you sponsor or manage.