Starting a Startup: MVP, MVP, MVP…

Documenting the development of the prototype of RopeWeaver

By 10.30 p.m. I’ve got the system importing work orders from CSV files, which causes me several moments’ bewilderment, as I had assumed that would take me the whole day. With my compulsory minimum of one day a week at Freshcut tomorrow I would then not have to worry about actually doing anything with capacity loading charts until Wednesday. My concern passes, as I tell myself to reinforce the latest project mantra; “MVP: Minimum Viable Product”. Thus I jump into the Capacity Load display, knowing that I don’t have to make it good (yet), I just have to make it work.

Lunch is baked beans and mini-sausages on 2 slices of brown toast. Spend the rest of lunch break online, ordering new contact lenses and more music for my ‘Coding Playlist’ (also known as ‘Music To Code Systems By’). The afternoon is quickly consumed, with only 2 phone calls from Freshcut, for issues that are rapidly solved or put off till tomorrow.

No actual capacity load bar charts produced yet, still haven’t finished the grid of work orders. My vision is to have a table of work orders, with checkboxes, and be able to check/uncheck them as required, where upon they will appear/disappear within the bar chart, all using JavaScript and AJAX. At the moment that isn’t an option, as I don’t feel I have the time, so a simple part-page postback model will work for now. MVP, MVP, MVP, MVP, MVP, MVP, MVP, MVP, MVP…