Creating and deploying functionality to existing products in large organizations requires multiple teams to coordinate with each other in order to minimize delays in workflows both within and across these teams. The backlog item used by these teams must be designed to accommodate this. These must:
- be the minimum size that can be deployed while providing value in a manner consistent with the needs of customers and the business
- describe the overall behavior desired
- identify the capabilities needed to build and deploy them
- represent the next increment of an initiative to be deployed (this enables step-wise manifestation of the organization’s strategy)
- be able to be sequenced according to the value delivered and the cost/time of creating it
DA calls this the Minimum Business Increment (MBI).
Whereas the MVP is about discovering what product would be of value, the MBI provides the next chunk of value for an initiative to be deployed. MVPs are discovered and created by a team. They start small and expand. MBIs are focus on the next incremental value to be built while being used to coordinate multiple parts of the organization to get it deployed quickly.