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Minimum viable user experience: A framework for supporting product design in startups

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAgile Processes, in Software Engineering, and Extreme Programming
Subtitle of host publication17th International Conference, XP 2016, Edinburgh, UK, May 24-27, 2016, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783319335148
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Agile Software Development -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1865-1348


ConferenceInternational Conference on Agile Software Development
Period1/01/00 → …


Startups operate with small resources in time pressure. Thus, building minimal product versions to test and validate ideas has emerged as a way to avoid wasteful creation of complicated products which may be proven unsuccessful in the markets. Often, design of these early product versions needs to be done fast and with little advance information from end-users. In this paper we introduce the Minimum Viable User eXperience (MVUX) that aims at providing users a good enough user experience already in the early, minimal versions of the product. MVUX enables communication of the envisioned product value, gathering of meaningful feedback, and it can promote positive word of mouth. To understand what MVUX consists of, we conducted an interview study with 17 entrepreneurs from 12 small startups. The main elements of MVUX recognized are Attractiveness, Approachability, Professionalism, and Selling the Idea. We present the structured framework and elements’ contributing qualities.

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