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Validate the benefits

Follow the innovation trail

We finish off the test phase with valuable outcomes. Drawing on the results of the prototype test, we can incorporate what we learned into a working prototype and then test this again.

Responsible development

The tests showed that we were wrong in some of our suppositions.

Based on a tested prototype, it would be irresponsible to assume that our solution can now be implemented in the system with all its reciprocal effects. In order to be able to examine risks and critical assumptions at the lowest possible cost, we still need real-life experience with real-life people.

Consolidate what has been learned

We're interested in a solution that leads to direct improvements as quickly as possible. The evidence gained through the Concept Prototype forms the basis for extension to operational capability and functionality. The core value remains in focus. When designing imitative or functional prototypes, details are omitted, as are almost all capability features.

So now we’re looking for the basic functionality that will allow our solution to be used in the real world at the lowest level. This so-called Minimal Viable Product/Process (MVP) is a functional prototype.

Design as much as necessary, as little as possible

When developing new products or processes, the challenge is to find a feature set that both solves a real problem and can be created using very little time and resources.

Use value as a basis

There are lots of definitions and implementations for MVPs. People agree that a value basis is needed to make the functions fit precisely. For this reason, our MVP is based on desirable and effective features that are already rudimentary in the concept prototype and gratifying to our key actors. In the MVP Canvas we collect the main insights for the design of a functional prototype. This creates an overview that provides a sound basis for discussing the next steps with managers. MVPs are basic tools in the development of digital-social applications that are directly linked to agile, collaborative approaches. These cultural aspects should be considered at an early stage.

MVP Canvas

MVP Canvas

What is it and what purpose does it serve?

This canvas enables us to develop the foundations of a Minimal Viable Product/Process. This is the version of our product or process that validates the value of our solution for selected users with the least possible effort. The MVP approach is based on the principle of creating a product or process as quickly as possible and equipping it only with the basic functions.

Added value

MVPs are essential to minimize risk factors in the course of the further development process. By creating and testing only a rough, low-cost version first, more elaborate features and functions can be developed incrementally.

Thinking in terms of MVPs offers new opportunities for public administration: in this sector it is particularly important to be able to set up experiments during the planning of (large-scale) projects that quickly illustrate the assumed value for citizens or employees at a low cost.

MVP Canvas

Work sheet

45 – 90 minutes


  1. Document the interim outcomes obtained so far from Document Test and have Analyze Test ready. Transfer template to a larger piece of paper or use as a structure for creating presentation slides.

  2. Using the stimulus questions under the triangle, consider what should go into developing the MVP concept. Work methodically and let each person have their say. Note down initial suggestions (15 min).

  3. Focus on the right-hand side of the template, briefly presenting all headings. Split up into small groups of 2-3 people and collect the most important aspects of each heading, with the groups working at the same time. Use stimulus questions (20 min).

  4. Present interim outcomes and discuss them to capture the essence (15 min).

  5. Clarify any outstanding questions and decide on who will elaborate individual aspects, e.g. a cost projection, and by when.

  6. Prepare presentation of results and further actions.