In the ‘Cupcake-Cake-Wedding Cake’ activity, product feature discussions are simplified using a sweet analogy: the cupcake represents the Minimum Viable Product (MVP), the cake symbolizes an evolved product, and the wedding cake signifies a complete product with advanced features.

cupcake - cake - wedding cake

Step by step:

  1. List All Features: Begin by listing all desired product features.
  2. Choose Where It Fits: For each feature, decide where it fits, whether it’s in the cupcake (MVP), the cake (evolved product), or the wedding cake (complete product).
  3. Discuss and Review: Engage in discussions, review, and rearrange the features until the group reaches a consensus.

This activity proves especially beneficial for product teams aiming to grasp the concept of a minimum viable product (MVP). It offers a straightforward analogy, helping individuals understand the importance of starting small, akin to a cupcake – with only the essential features to validate their product’s direction before embarking on the full journey.”


Remote-team advice: This activity works well for remote teams. Use a remote board of your choice.


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This activity is also part of the inception related activities.