@sachac Minimum Viable Product may be related to Minimum Critical Specifications by Herbst (1974), in the Tavistock Anthology (Vol. 2 on SocioTechnical Systems) at http://www.moderntimesworkplace.com/archives/ericsess/sessvol2/17HERDES.pdf . It also shows up in Gareth Morgan, Images of Organization, at http://books.google.ca/books?id=h-f429ueNRYC&q=minimum+critical+specification .

In response to http://sachachua.com/blog/2011/07/dealing-with-web-development-and-stress/ .