11 Easy Ways to Gather Customer Feedback
Discover 11 effective ways to gather customer feedback and improve your products and services with this comprehensive guide.
3 User Testing Program Resolutions (And How to Keep Them)
It's the time of year for resolutions: where we dream big about the things we want to do and improvements we want to make in the hopes this year will be better than the last. But as everyone who's two weeks into a diet or exercise routine knows, resolutions are easy to set but difficult to keep — especially when you don't have a system in place for making it happen.
Your Year Ahead User Research Checklist
The end of the year can mean a lot of things. While at home it's about decorating, cooking mountains of food, or reuniting with loved ones, the end of the work year is about looking back at everything you've accomplished — and looking forward to what's around the corner.
Ask the Expert: Should You Run User Tests Over the Holidays?
Should you plan to launch a user testing project over the holidays? In this installment of Ask the Expert, Centercode's Sr. Test Manager Mike Fine talks about the oft-debated holiday test launch: when it works, when it doesn't, and what you should expect from your testers.
Getting Attitudinal Data During Development With Delta Testing
Just like there are many ways to collect attitudinal data, there are different moments when data about your customers' thoughts, opinions, and attitudes comes into play during product development. But how do you get this data?
Why You Should Open Your Alpha Tests to Your Customers
Alpha testing is a critical part of getting ready for your product launch. It generally starts when your product is 60% feature-complete: stable enough to work in the real world, but still needs fine-tuning before it's ready for customers.
Delta Testing and CX/UX: Elevating the Voice of the Customer
Let's get one thing straight: delta testing does not replace UX or CX. Yes, delta testing, also known as user testing automation, provides exploratory user experience feedback from real-world usage by representatives of your target market demographics. But delta testing's unique deliverables are complements to, not competing with, the work of UX and CX teams.
4 Things You Need to Succeed in a Connected World
By 2022, Gartner predicts that there will be 6.4 billion devices in use next year as smartphones overtake desktop computers.
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 […]
It’s Time to Bring Beta into the 21st Century
In the early 90s, the technological landscape was a very different place. Internet access wasn’t available in the average household. Cell phones weighed around a pound and a half. Spam was something you ate with eggs or over rice. And the idea of a home filled with technology that could wirelessly communicate not only with […]
4 Types of Feedback You’re Not Collecting (But Should Be!)
When most people think of “beta test feedback,” they think of bug reports and feature requests. And they’re not wrong — issues and ideas are a key component to a successful pre-release customer test. But they aren’t the only way that test managers should be collecting feedback during beta. With a targeted group of candidates […]
How Customer Insights Are Shaping Tech for 2021
We’ve often described modern technology as highly sophisticated, highly connected, and continuously iterative. The rapid-fire changes of 2020 didn’t change that — in fact, it brought those qualities into sharper relief. It highlighted both the reliability of technology and its shortcomings. 2021 will be shaped by companies that have the best understanding of these nuances […]
How to Take Advantage of the Growing Audience for Smart Home Products
Between 2018 and 2019, the forecasted number of smart home products shipping to consumers leapt from 643.9 million last year to 840.9 million by the end of this year. The International Data Corporation (IDC) expects that number to grow around 17% every year until 2023. This statistic confirms what the industry already knows — smart […]
Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar on Co-Creation and Leading a Thriving Beta Program
Technology is developed to serve people, but those people – customers – haven’t always had their own seat at the product development table. That’s what makes the work of people like Dona Sarkar so compelling. As the leader of the Windows Insider Program – Microsoft’s 17 million user beta program – Dona’s focus on co-creation […]
Delta Testing in Modern Product Delivery on Pragmatic Live Podcast
Centercode CEO Luke Freiler recently sat down with VP of Marketing at Pragmatic Institute Rebecca Kalogeris to discuss the challenges of modern software development, and how continuous customer testing offers a solution to the quality gap in pre-release agile development. In this podcast, Luke talks strategies for bringing the voice of the customer into agile […]