Three Factors for Finding the Right Beta Test Length
Learn to balance deadlines, goals, and resources for optimal test length and impactful results.
5 Surprising Tips for Beta Testing Your Product Over the Holidays
Not only can beta testing help improve the quality of your product, but it can also provide valuable insights and feedback during the busiest time of the year. In this blog we share tips for planning and executing a successful beta test over the holidays.
Centercode Project Kickoff Dashboard: Take the Guessing Out of Configuring Your Next Test
I’m willing to bet that you’ve experienced “writer’s block” before. I’d be lying to say that I have not, because I just did. As I sat down to write about Centercode’s new Project Kickoff Dashboard, I was struggling to come up with where to begin.
5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When User Testing Your Mobile Apps
Today, there are thousands of connected tech products on the market — and thousands of mobile apps for managing each one.
Which Customer Testing Program Style Is Right for You?
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all method of product development that’s guaranteed to work for your organization. Take Agile, for example. Eighty percent of today’s tech companies have adopted agile practices — so there must be something to it, right? But not everyone practices Agile the same way. In fact, what counts as “agile development” can vary […]
Need a Template? Here’s Your User Acceptance Testing Checklist
If you want to run a solid user acceptance test, you need a solid plan — but since you’re reading this, you probably knew that already. With so much at stake, planning ain’t easy; there are schedules to build, people to recruit, stakeholders to work with, feedback to sort. We created this user acceptance testing […]
How to Manage Scheduling Surprises During Customer Validation
Surprises? Never. When it comes to scheduling, we always know exactly when our releases are going into delta. We’re never caught off guard by unexpected critical issues. Our releases roll out continuously, without disruption, just like clockwork. In fact, we write our schedule in ink (or we would if we weren’t, you know, using a […]
Mobile Beta Test Planning Tactics and Strategies
When a mobile app is sluggish, unresponsive, or difficult to use, one of two things is likely to happen. One, it gets buried on a screen full of other apps and forgotten about. Or two, long press and uninstall. If your company is like most organizations, there’s a team running a mobile beta test to […]
How to Craft Task Scenarios Like a Pro
One of the biggest challenges of managing feedback is organizing it. This isn’t news to most test managers. When the bulk of prioritization happens on the back-end of a test, it can create a massive time sink. That’s why using task scenarios to organize feedback on the front-end of the test comes in handy. Task […]
How Many Beta Testers Do You Need?
100? 500? 12? The short answer is that it depends – but it’s probably not the number your stakeholders threw out on a whim. If this question is giving you a headache, you’re not alone. Determining how many beta testers you need for a given project is one of the most common headscratchers when planning […]
3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Combine Customer Test Methods
When it comes to running a Customer Validation test, many professionals convince themselves that they can net all the results they need with one research methodology – trying to “kill two birds with one stone.” But combining Alpha, Beta, and Field Testing methods into a single test where actually two, even three different tests are […]
Why You Don’t Need 10,000 Beta Testers
This week Apple announced that you can now invite up to 10,000 beta testers through TestFlight to beta test your apps. Apple says this will help developers get more feedback on their apps before launch. While this may sound like great news (the more, the merrier, right?), there are actually a lot of reasons why […]
Don’t Be Afraid to Call it ‘Beta’
Being in beta isn’t bad. In fact, it’s an exciting (and necessary) step towards a successful product launch. Every day, product developers request their beta tests to be featured on Betabound, which is Centercode’s community of 150,000 beta testers. One of the requirements of being featured on Betabound is for a product’s website to identify […]
6 Things You Should Do When Planning Your Software Test
The first step to running a successful software beta test is having a thorough plan in place. While you won’t be dealing with issues such as shipping and tracking devices as you would in a hardware test, software beta tests have their own challenges. From preventing software piracy to recruiting testers with the right system […]
5 Expectations to Establish with Testers on Day One
A common mistake new beta managers make is to assume that testers instinctually know what they’re supposed to do during a beta test. In truth, most testers (even the ‘naturals’) need guidance. It’s up to you to provide that guidance so your testers can hit the ground running when your test starts. Be transparent with […]