Startup Engineering II: Building a Minimum Viable Product

This is the home page for the course "Startup Engineering II: Building a Minimum Viable Product" in the winter term 2018/2019. General information on this course can be found here.

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Application and Enrollment: 

Application for the winter term 2018/19 is possible via LFS during the period from September 1st through October 10th, 2018.

  • During the winter term 2018/19, a total of 5 teams can attend this course.
  • During the first lecture, students will be forming teams
    • Teams can apply as a two- or three-person team.
    • If there are more registrations than places, the order of the registrations will decide on the allocation of places.

Implementation 

The module simulates a startup in which the participating students work as an intern. In order to participate, students work in two or three-person teams in software development. The teams will use technologies such as Slack & Trello for project management and team communication.  

Software Development 

The goal of the software team is to learn modern software engineering techniques typically used by startups. The Minimum Viable Product they build helps to validate a critiqual hypothesis of the startup.

  • Tasks:
    • Define a Good Hypothesis 
    • Design an Experiment to Validate the Hypothesis
    • Build a Minimum Viable Product for the Experiment
  • Possible technologies:
    • Github & Heroku (Software Management Platform )
    • Ruby on Rails (Programming Environment)
    • Django (Programming Environment)
    • App Development (IOS / Android)

Semester Plan

Preliminary semester plan for the winter term 2018/19:

Lectures:
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Location:  G29-K058 
Exercises:
  • Day: Wednesday
  • Time: 17:00 - 19:00
  • Location:  G29-K058 
Team Coach:
  • Stefan W. Knoll: sknoll[at]sim-md.de
Schedule (tentative):

Week

Date 

15:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 19:00

01 (KW41)  10.10. VL-01: Introduction VL-02: Project Specification
02 (KW42) 17.10. VL-03: The Lean Startup and Validation
03 (KW43) 24.10. Experimental Offer Presentation
04 (KW44) 31.10.    
05 (KW45) 07.11.    
06 (KW46) 14.11.    
07 (KW47) 21.11.  Milestone Presentation  
08 (KW48) 28.11.    
09 (KW49) 05.12.    
10 (KW50) 12.12. Milestone Presentation 
11 (KW51) 19.12.    
12 (KW02) 09.01.    
13 (KW03) 16.01. Final Presentation
14 (KW04) 23.01.    
15 (KW05) 31.01. Report

Exam

The type of exam for this course will be a "Hausarbeit". The exam (6 CP) will consist of the two parts:

Experimental Design
  • A written report of approx. 10 pages about the Hypothesis, the Minimum Viable Product and the Experiment Design. (It may be written in German or English)
    • The report need to answer the following questions
      • Product Idea:
        • Describe the planned product and its target market.
      • Hypothesis Design:
        • What is the hypothesis that you want to validate? Why is this hypothesis important for product development?
      • MVP:  
        • What features and functions does an MVP require in order to study this hypothesis? What features and functions from the final product were not necessary?
        • What do your test users need to see or experience in order for your experiment to produce meaningful results?
        • What technologies did you use to build your MVP? 
        • How did you need to be creative in order to compensate for missing features or functions?
      • Experimental Design:
        • Describe in detail the experiment you propose that uses your MVP to validate your hypothesis.
        • What variable will you measure during the experiment? Why is this variable an indicator for your hypothesis?
        • What pass-fail criterion do you propose? Why this choice (and not, for example, a higher or a lower value?)
        • Who should the test users be? Why them? How can you be sure that they are representative of your target market?
        • What conclusions will you draw from each potential result of your experiment?
      • Learning:
        • What were your most important learnings from this project? (Unexpected difficulties, mistakes, teamwork, startups, )
  • We will evaluate each report according to the following criteria:
    • Is it structured logically?
    • Is it understandable for the audience?
    • ...
Minimum Viable Product
    • A minimum viable product needs to be built to validate an assumption of the founders or to answer an open question.
  • We will evaluate each MVP according to the following criteria:
      • Does it provide all the features needed to validate the hypothesis or answer the open question?
    • ...

All reports and MVPs must be submitted by 1 pm on Wednesday, January 31st via mail to sknoll@sim-md.de.  

Presentation
  • Each student needs to hold a presentation to present the results of their work.
Template for the Final Presentation
  1. Product Idea: Describe the planned product and its target market.
  2. Hypothesis: What is the hypothesis that you want to validate? Why is this hypothesis important for product development?
  3. MVP:  
    1. What features and functions does an MVP require in order to study this hypothesis? What features and functions from the final product were not necessary?
    2. What do your test users need to see or experience in order for your experiment to produce meaningful results?
    3. How did you need to be creative in order to compensate for missing features or functions?
  4. Demo: Demonstrate your MVP to the audience.
  5. Experimental Design
    1. Describe in detail the experiment you propose that uses your MVP to validate your hypothesis.
    2. What variable will you measure during the experiment? Why is this variable an indicator for your hypothesis?
    3. What pass-fail criterion do you propose? Why this choice (and not, for example, a higher or a lower value?)
    4. Who should the test users be? Why them? How can you be sure that they are representative of your target market?
    5. What conclusions will you draw from each potential result of your experiment?
  6. Learning: What were your most important learnings from this project? (Unexpected difficulties, mistakes, teamwork, startups, )
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