We’ve just helped to create a Beta Testing sub-group to the Software Testing & Quality Assurance Group on LinkedIn. This is intended to be a non-biased place to discuss beta testing process and practices. We’re encouraging open communication on tools, best practices, and any questions you might have (which we’ll be there to answer regularly). Please join up if your job involves beta programs, or if you have any interest in the process.
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Alpha vs. Beta Testing
In the past we’ve witnessed some confusion regarding the key differences between the Alpha Test and Beta Test phases of product development. While there are no hard and fast rules, and many companies have their own definitions and unique processes, the following information is generally true.
Is My Product Ready for Beta Testing?
One question we’re often asked is: How do I know if my product is ready for beta testing? It’s a fair question. QA and beta teams are often pressured to get new products through beta and out the door as quickly as possible, but if a product goes into beta too early it can defeat the purpose of running a beta test. So we’ve created a quick checklist you can use to gauge if your product is ready for beta.
Free Whitepaper: Getting Ready for Beta Testing
With 2012 rapidly approaching, we’re releasing another free beta testing resource that we hope will be very helpful as companies get ready to launch new products in the upcoming year. The whitepaper, entitled Getting Ready for Beta Testing, explores tips and best practices that product developers can rely on as they grapple with the question of when to begin their beta test.