Not coming from the tech space this might be a gross mis-use of a concept, but nonetheless I thought it was an interesting idea, but before the article was well rounded and finished my great friend Paul tipped it on its head…
We are born as Maximum Viable Products but then conditioning limits us and we become Minimum – having been forced into society’s norms and limitations at an early age. We then spend the rest of our life (those with a growth mindset) trying to get from Minimum viability back to Maximum viability – with all the struggles that you set out about fear of failure etc – all of which are learnt social norms and restrictions. I mean, what child learning to walk fears failure? Exactly 0%.
There is no better evidence of this than social media and the tidal wave of platforms where we as humans (the product) are testing ourselves against the response of others (the customer) and on most occasions we don’t meet the grade. In our own mind anyway.
Those who maintain a fixed mindset through life (the overwhelming majority) do not try and go from Minimum to Maximum. They barely hang on to Minimum and with advances in technology and learning are in fact all going backwards at an exponential rate.