The Lean Startup methodology is frequently misunderstood, unfortunately. This article by Jim Kalbach is one more attempt to clear up some of the more common misconceptions, namely:
- Lean startup is not an engineering process, it's a method for building startup, so it won't make your developers happy.
- Lean startup doesn't mean "let's just shoot from the hip without overanalysing things."
- An MVP is not a lightweight version of the product, it's the answer to a question, the resolution of your next most pressing uncertainty. More on this here.
- User testing will not "slow you down" - it's the heart of the Lean Startup method: do stuff only to learn about what your customers need before they can give you money.