Advice from a Beta Testing Pioneer
Centercode co-founder and Sr. Test Manager Mike Fine discusses his years in beta testing and expert tips for success.
Getting Your Tester Community to Care About Confidentiality
When you’re preparing to release a new product, confidentiality is central to keeping its details under wraps. This is especially true during Customer Validation testing, when you’re placing a real product in the hands of real customers – often before you want the world to know about it. Nowadays the majority of companies recognize the […]
6 Tips for Kicking Off Your Software Test
Beta tests have four basic stages — planning, kickoff, managing, and closing — and each has its own best practices. We recently discussed planning your software beta test, so this week we’ll get into what you should do during kickoff to ensure a successful test. Kicking off your software beta test is an exciting stage. […]
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 […]
3 Tips for Kicking Off Your Hardware Test
Beta tests have a few basic stages: planning, kickoff, managing, and closing. There are best practices that go with each of these stages. Last week we discussed planning your hardware test, so this week we’ll get into what you should do during kickoff to ensure a successful test. Kicking off your beta test is an […]
6 Things You Should Do When Planning Your Hardware Test
If you’ve ever run a hardware beta test before, you know that there are a lot of logistics involved. Between shipping, tracking, and retrieving your beta units, it’s easy for something to pop up and derail your test. On top of that, you need to maximize the feedback you receive from every single unit, which […]
We’re Visiting On Product Management
We’re a guest author today on the On Product Management blog. Our post takes a look at how to know when you’re ready for beta and includes checklists to help determine product, team, and tester readiness. Big thank you to the On Product Management team for letting us visit! Check out the post now!
4 Tips for Kicking Off Your Beta
At this point in the beta process, you’ve planned your beta, recruited applicants, selected testers, and handled the legal paperwork. Now that all your preparations are complete, it’s time to actually start the beta test!
Is My Team Ready for Beta Testing?
After making sure your product and testers are ready for beta, the final piece of our beta readiness puzzle is making sure that your own team is ready. We’ve put together a checklist you can use to make sure that others in your organization are prepared to help run a successful beta.
Are My Testers Ready for Beta Testing?
As a follow-up to our product readiness checklist, we put together a list to help prepare your testers for beta. You put a lot of time into planning your beta test and recruiting great testers. With all of the moving pieces involved, it can be tough to keep track of everything you need to communicate to your testers before the test starts. Here’s a list of a tasks that need to be completed to prepare your testers for success.
Is My Software 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.