MVP Testing: How to Beta Test Your MVP with Users

MVP Testing: How to Beta Test Your MVP with Users

Beta testing a minimum viable product (MVP) with users is an essential step in the product development process. It allows the business to gather valuable feedback and insights from real users, which can help identify areas for improvement and make informed decisions for the next iterations and define the additional feature-set. Here are some steps to effectively run a beta MVP test with users:

Step 1: Define the goals

Clearly define the objectives of the beta MVP testing phase. What specific aspects of the MVP should be tested? What is the primary purpose of the beta test, is it feedback on usability, features, performance, or something else? Establishing clear goals when testing a MVP will help focus testing efforts. These goals will lay the foundation of the testing plan and will ultimately determine what should be tested.

Step 2: Identify target audience

Determine the target audience or user personas to be involved in the MVP testing. Consider factors such as demographics, expertise, and relevance to the product. Recruit users from your existing customer base, through beta testing communities, or by reaching out to potential users who match the target audience. Once target audience is established this will help with the discovery process.

Step 3: Develop an MVP testing plan

Create a structured plan outlining the scope of the testing, the testing timeline, and the specific tasks or scenarios users should complete. Define the metrics to evaluate the success of the tests. This plan will serve as a guide throughout the beta testing phase. At Studio it is recommended to create test cases for each feature in the MVP and account for each scenario. Successfully testing a MVP includes granular steps to outline how to test each scenario from beginning to end and expected results to outline what a successful output should be. This will help users not only perform thorough minimum viable product testing but also a great way to get tactical feedback to discover any issues or bugs with the product.

Scenario #

Test Case


Required Data


Expected Result

Issue? (Y/N)

Testing Notes

Scenario 1

User can sign in to the app

User has been approved off the waitlist and set up their account 

To test this scenario, you'll need account credentials 

1. Download app from App Store
2. If signed in to existing account, logout
3. Sign in with email and password credentials
4. Select “Sign In” CTA 

1. App loads
2. User is signed in to their account
3. If recurring user, user sees their home feed populated with their saved content
4. If new user, user sees empty state 



Step 4: Recruit beta testers

Reach out to potential beta testers and explain the purpose of testing the MVP. Beta testers can be recruited through various channels, such as email lists, social media, or beta testing platforms. For most effective testing results if possible communicate directly with the beta tester and provide clear instructions on how to participate. This will aid in setting expectations regarding their roles and responsibilities and what tasks to perform for the beta MVP test.

Step 5: Provide documentation and support

Prepare comprehensive documentation, including user guides, FAQs, or video tutorials, to assist beta testers in using the MVP. Ensure that mechanisms are in place to address their questions, concerns, or technical issues during the MVP testing phase. Consider setting up a dedicated communication channel, such as an online forum or email support.

Step 6: Monitor and collect feedback

When testing a minimum viable product, encourage beta testers to use the MVP extensively and provide feedback on their experience. Collect feedback through surveys, feedback forms, or direct communication. Monitor the usage patterns and track any issues or bugs encountered by the users. Consolidate feedback from test cases, surveys, forms, etc. and ensure feedback is centralized in an organized manner.

Step 7: Analyze MVP testing feedback and iterate

Once the beta MVP testing phase is complete, analyze the feedback and data collected. Identify common themes, prioritize the issues or suggestions, and categorize them based on their impact and feasibility. Use this information to inform decision-making process for iterating and improving the MVP. Consider using an online tool like a virtual sticky board to note down findings from the beta test, shuffle based on priority / urgency, and begin to carve out the future roadmap for the product.

Step 8: Communicate with beta testers

Keep beta testers informed about the progress you've made based on their feedback from testing the MVP. Show them that their input is valuable and are actively working on addressing their concerns. Maintaining open lines of communication can also encourage them to provide further insights and engage with your product.

Remember, beta MVP testing is a collaborative process between you and your users. By involving them in the early stages, the MVP can be refined and increase its chances of success when it reaches the broader market. For exceptional support with beta testing a minimum viable product contact Studio.

Subscribe to Studio Bytes, your weekly blast of all things tech.

Great! You’ve successfully signed up.

Welcome back! You've successfully signed in.

You've successfully subscribed to Knowledge.

Success! Check your email for magic link to sign-in.

Success! Your billing info has been updated.

Your billing was not updated.