How to Get a Top Rating from Consumer Reports
Every year, Consumer Reports tests thousands of products — from cars, to laptops, to WIFI-enabled speakers and appliances — and grades them on a scale of 0 to 100. A trusted source of unbiased product testing, their mission is to make it easier for consumers to make well-informed buying decisions. And it’s as helpful to […]
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 […]
Engagement Workshop: Identifying Product Readiness Issues
Pop quiz: does the state of your product impact tester engagement during Customer Validation projects? As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this blog post, the answer is “absolutely.” Stopping issues, critical errors, or tons of small bugs can cause tester engagement to decrease dramatically. “OK hold up on a second,” you might be […]
3 Pre-Release User Tests That Prevent Failures in Voting Apps
During the 2020 Democratic Iowa caucus, a voting app built by D.C.-based tech company Shadow Inc. was used to assist with transmitting results. Unfortunately, the app did not do that — in fact, its failure to consistently and securely report data set into motion a huge debacle, including a partial recanvassing, a number of op-eds, […]
Enhancing Quality Outcomes in Product Development with Customer Validation
As your organization and its competitors come out with new products left and right, your company relies heavily on your Quality team’s testing efforts to deliver thorough insights that can ensure its new products are built right and operate as expected. But while your QA team is full of experts and your tools are reliable, […]
The 3 Most Important Product Testing Issues for Today’s CMOs
Recently, I attended the 2018 Customer Validation Conference in southern California, where product testing experts from B2B and B2C companies (including Autodesk, Tableau, Test Fairy, FitBit, and GoPro) shared tips and lessons learned from the forefront of product development and testing. Below are the three key takeaways that I learned at the conference – and […]
Crafting a Strong Beta Test Proposal
Beta testing is an exciting phase for any product, but convincing your management team to run a beta test can be tricky — especially if you feel like you’re the only one advocating for beta testing. The key is to build a well-researched, objective, and comprehensive plan to present to your key decision makers. Below […]
So You Announced Your Product at CES — Now What?
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this month, we saw technology companies of every size and shape converge to show off their new products. Each day was filled with flashy demos and big announcements about new cutting-edge products. The buzz about what the future of tech looks like was constant and exciting. Once the excitement […]
How We’re Helping Whistle Handle the Challenges of the Wearables Market
The wearables market is booming. It’s already a multi-billion dollar market with conservative estimates predicting it will more than triple within the next few years. Companies of all shapes and sizes are jumping into this new industry with flashy prototypes and impressive plans to become the front-runner in this burgeoning space. Soon, you’ll be able […]
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!
7 Keys to a Successful (and Sane) Beta Test
Running a great beta test isn’t easy. The timing is terrible, resources are often limited, and it involves getting a bunch of customers to use a buggy product. All of this can test your sanity during an already intense time. We put together a couple quick tips that can help you keep your sanity while getting the most of your test.
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.