Develop an efficient MVP with the Wild Code School

Published on 16 July 2019

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For the past 5 years, we have been supporting various structures and companies (startups, organisations, key accounts) in the development of web and mobile prototypes. On our Toulouse campus, for example, we have already collaborated with Airbus, Continental, Vyfe, Les Cartons, Bitconseil, Les Resto du Coeur, Radio Esprit Occitanie, and others.

The MVP concept

The MVP principle (minimum viable product) is to develop your product very quickly (a \"minimal\" product) to deliver it to your audience. If they are receptive and willing to pay to use it, all you have to do is use this MVP to improve your product.

On the contrary, if the MVP does not meet your audience's expectations, you will still have time and money to develop a new MVP.

In this case, the approach will be the same: you will be able to provide MVPs, modified and adapted, until they meet the expectations and needs of customers as closely as possible.

Typical workflow for an agile product development at the Wild Code School

The average collaboration duration is 4 months and is organised in 3 stages:

STAGE 1: Structuring the work

Gathering customer needs and prioritising features.

(± 1 month)

STAGE 2: Developing a functional prototype

Our developers are in charge of defining the architecture, creating the product backlog, designing the database, taking over or creating a wireframe if necessary and developing the general features. 

(one week sprint over a total duration of 2 consecutive months)

STAGE 3: Deploying and debugging

Launching the project online / programming at the customer's office and additional maintenance period.

(± 2 weeks) 

Our latest project for Robins des mers

This season's favorite project is Robins des mers, a Greentech app that aims at reducing waste going from cities to the sea.

Meeting with Alexia Idrac, founder and president of Robins des Mers and her team of developers (Lilia, Sébastien & Camille).

Hello Alexia, can you tell us more about your project?

Alexia: \"Robins des mers is a community of sailors and citizens committed to reducing marine waste. We create collecting devices, a collaborative geolocation app for the collected waste and collection points to allow everyone to participate. After 2 years in development, and the first devices tested at sea, Robins des mers launched the trial version of its app, developed with the Wild Code School, in August. A fundraising campaign is also underway on Ekosea to finance the design of the first devices.

In your opinion, what are the main advantages of working with the Wild Code School to develop your project?

Alexia: “There are plenty of advantages! A motivated team and very well supervised by the teachers who provide an optimal working environment; working with students undergoing career changes is particularly motivating for us! It is a real project for them and a great experience for us, with a trial version of our app for them to try. We couldn't have hoped for a better result!

How are things with the students?

Alexia: \"A highly motivated, dynamic and particularly efficient team of students. A real understanding of our expectations and a flexible but highly organised workflow. The team has always been open, responsive, and full of proposals!\"

Hello Lilia, Sébastien & Camille! On your side, as junior developers, what has this experience taught you?

Lilia, Sébastien & Camille: \"The opportunity to develop the Robin des mers app was a very rewarding experience, especially technically thanks to the features implemented: database interactions, waste declaration and collection point issues. The collaboration with a young entrepreneur went very well. The exchange of ideas and open-mindedness allowed us to come up with a prototype of the app that we are proud of!

Would you like to develop your own prototype?

If you also have a project in mind that requires web or mobile development, do not

hesitate to contact us to submit your ideas.