Process
My MVP product design process developed at NetEngine

Intro

Working at NetEngine has offered me a great opportunity to explore and come up with my own design process. The nature of the business, which is consulting, requires me to work rapidly on providing design solutions for different MVPs (Minimum Viable Product). However, it is worth to note that with restrictions such as time and budget, I have to take out certain bits from the list to deliver my job.

Following is the current process of how I tackle MVP product design in an ideal way.

Process

Knowledge Building

  • Reason - Why is the client building the product?
  • Past - What has been done?
  • Future - What is the bigger picture?
  • Present - What is the one problem or challenge the client is trying to solve?

Solution Exploration

  • Diverge - What are our options?
  • Converge - What is the most feasible solution?

Product Research

  • Existing Product - What is the performance of the existing product?
  • Competitors Analysis - How are the competitors doing it?

Requirement Analysis

  • Users - Who are the users?
  • Medium - What device and medium are we designing for?
  • Modules - What are the modules?

Design Iteration

Repeat in the next iteration
  • Core - What is the one core module deserves the highest attention at this stage?
  • Workflow - What is the workflow of the core module?
  • Wireframe - How do we meet the functional requirement of the module?
  • Mockup - How to provide an easy-to-understand user interface with a good user experience aligning with the branding?
  • Front-end Prototype - What are the look and feel of the design in actual web browser?
  • Usability Testing - What are targeted users' feedback on the module design?
  • Iterating - What can be improved until the users are happy about the design or we have hit the budget?

Feedback

With each possible stage, acknowledgement and feedback from the client and users are asked.

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