Stop Writing Tests For MVPs

Jacky Alciné

A rants post, tagged under testing, mvp, side project.

I’ve attempted to work on a few side projects for close to a year now. The biggest roadblocks weren’t prototyping interfaces or hammering out user feedback. It was always around me attempting to debug and capture test cases that didn’t exist.

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So I’ve recently soft-launched something. It’s far from complete. Actually, that version of the page is the fourth attempt. I definitely suffer from a bit of perfectionism but recently, I’ve really unlocked something when speaking with friends. Two of them, Iheanyi and Reggie really spelled it out for me: stop writing tests. This was specifically in the context of working on software that hasn’t even seen the public eye.

I kept writing test after test, mock after mock, for things I wasn’t 100% sure that I’d be using in production. That was the true kicker1; that I wasn’t even sure that what I was testing was even going to affect the user!

No more, I say! No MORE!

  1. This is also the true moral of this post.