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Advice from a Beta Testing Pioneer

September 19, 2023

When it comes to writing the book on beta testing, there are few people more qualified than our guest for this episode, Mike Fine. Literally. He actually has a book on beta testing. As Senior Test Manager and co-founder here at Centercode, Mike has been in the industry for over 30 years, testing thousands of products ranging from network equipment and wellness apps to audio equipment and financial services.

Mike is a fountain of knowledge, and during our conversation we covered his time at Centercode, how the platform has evolved, his top tips for recruiting testers, and what you can do to get the maximum out of your project. Mike's enthusiasm and passion for testing really shows in this episode, and we were delighted to have him on the podcast.

Show notes

  1. Introduction: Stefan Stenroos introduces Mike Fine, a seasoned expert in beta testing with over 30 years of experience.
  2. Mike's Journey: Mike Fine shares his journey from starting in beta testing in the early '90s to becoming a senior test manager at Centercode. He talks about his experience at companies like U.S. Robotics and 3Com.
  3. Diverse Testing: Mike highlights the wide range of products he has tested, from networking equipment to the Palm Pilot, showcasing the diversity of his career.
  4. Challenging Projects: Mike discusses how, due to his expertise, he often gets challenging projects, which he enjoys tackling.
  5. Centercode Connection: Mike explains how he got connected to Centercode and co-founded the company, bringing in initial clients like 3Com and Palm.
  6. Mike's Passion: Mike's enthusiasm for beta testing and his willingness to embrace new challenges keep him engaged in the field.
  7. Closing Remarks: Stefan Stenroos and Chris Rader reflect on Mike's journey and the draw of beta testing.

About our guest

Leading expert on product development, quality, sales, testing, customer validation, service and customer experience. Extensive sales experience and expert in customer relationship management. Have spent more than 25 years involved in test programs and have conducted thousands of projects. Extensive project and management experience. Author of three books including the only one on the subject of beta testing, "Beta Testing for Better Software." Strong advocate for the customer and expert on delivering top quality customer service.

Where to find

Mike Fine

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