Beta testing and release programs provide a lot of value to your business and product if done well. This article highlights just some of the issues to lookout for with some helpful hints and tips to consider.
As we created the Product Lifecycle, we developed a range of Lean governance principles and data points by collaborating with over 20 enabling functions and understanding what is needed when by different stages of their life to support and grow a product, all of course secondary to continuously meeting the customer needs. A powerful sense-making activity for product development and strategy was to combine Cynefin with the Product Lifecycle. This helped us understand when to use Lean Startup and Agile practices and created meaningful conversation to inform working practices.
Recently I was asked to share our experience and learnings with the Global Product Development Lifecycle work we are doing at Pearson at Tesco. This works focuses on bringing the company together to be more innovative at a cultural level and adopt Agile and Lean Startup principles beyond software teams.
Presentation discussing the Theory Of Constraints and the effects of System Thinking, presented at Agile Tour London 2013
Thought Works Studios Best Card Wall competition.
The concept of bugs has been around since the early days of software and we treat them the same now as we did then. When working by value from a single backlog, we should think differently by thinking by value. Do bugs really exist ? Do we put bugs in the product backlog ? What value to bug tracking tools really have ?
We decided to change our scrum board to look a bit more fun and interesting. So we created a web like board aka the “Super Hero Scrum Board” based on a “Bulls Eye” concept. Not only is it more fun and interested, but it creates a visual focus on Done.