Main point: An MVP engineer helps scope a product, build the product to verify its business potential, set up a team, and lastly scope a road map for further product development.
A minimum viable product is a minimal implementation of an idea to validate the value it can bring to a market. It should be as cost-effective as possible while still implementing the most important aspects of the application. In case of a successful validation, it should be possible to transition the MVP into a full production setup. For this task, you want an MVP engineer.
An MVP engineer is a person who is an expert in the initial phase of a product life cycle. The only thing that precedes the MVP engineer is the decision that a product should be made and preferable vague ideas on what kind of value the product provides. The MVP engineer will assist in scoping initial versions and build them to validate the business potential.
An MVP engineer is a one-stop-shop and does what it takes to build the product. Frontend development, backend development, continuous integration, machine learning etc. The number one objective for the engineer is to validate the idea in the market. This also means not attending to concerns of scaling, rigorous security, and licensing concerns while noting them for further scoping when the product has proven to be viable.
As an extension to this, the MVP engineer also takes the project into the next phase. This is important as knowledge needs to be handed over and a team culture needs to be built around the mission. In turn, the MVP engineer will do recruiting and engineering interviews for the roles the team needs. The engineer will also disseminate knowledge about the tech stack and the project to new participants to ensure the productivity of the team.
The last thing the MVP engineer does is scoping further development not to leave the product in a vacuum and also recognizing the elements that were previously not attended to, but are important to ensure the success of the product.