Bad Dinosaur worked with Skillstep to build an MVP

MVP of Skillstep's online mentoring and talent retention app

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Developing and retaining talent by connecting colleagues and enriching their engagement.

Skillstep approached us to build their initial MVP to be used as a pilot for their first customers. Most importantly it was to gain insight into the direction they needed to take their product and whether there was any apetite for it in the marketplace.

The problem

Retaining staff is hard these days, and larger organisations rarely have a mentoring programme in place that can provide valuable and experienced mentoring to fellow colleagues. Ryan, director of Skillstep, came to us with his idea of how to solve this problem, as well as some early stage wireframes of how he believed the application should work.

Our solution

We held workshops with Ryan to really dig deep into his idea and gain a full understanding of exactly what his product is all about and discuss which components would form the initial MVP of his solution. After running through wireframes and user journeys we were able to extract a list of nearly 100 user stories which would form the basis of the development work required. Throughout the development process we held weekly show-and-tell meetings with Skillstep, allowing them to see progress and feedback on builds each week. This agile approach meant that when some items appeared to be of a higher priority than others, we rearranged the backlog accordingly, giving them the best possible use of their time and money for the MVP.

The eventual MVP was a success and they were so happy with it, we were invited to run conference call demo's of the software to Skillstep's early customers. This was a great example of how we love to support the entrepreneurs who are often not as technical as us software developers - it should never prevent you from turning your great ideas into reality.


After the MVP was built, Skillstep went out to get more funding and after feedback from the pilot and low-cost MVP, they now had a better idea of the path that the product needed to follow. This discovery phase of the MVP was crucial in gaining an understanding of how their final product would be architected and how it would work.