Behind the Scenes @ Wild Apricot: We Get By with a Little Help from our Friends

Lori Halley 09 July 2010 0 comments

Earlier this week was Ringo Starr's 70th birthday. I've always loved Ringo for being the answer to a riddle that I thought was cute when I was a little kid (Q: Who is the oldest and youngest of The Beatles? A: Ringo as he is the oldest in terms of age, but was the last one to join the band). I've also always loved Ringo because you just can't NOT love him. I'm more of a George-man myself, and have engaged in many heated debates about Ringo's skill as a drummer, but if you were to ask which Beatle would I most like to hang out with for an afternoon and hear stories from, it would be Ringo. Even my wife, who is no great fan of The Beatles, likes Ringo.

Ringo was the voice behind "With a Little Help from my Friends" and while the song was written by Lennon and McCartney, it's most closely associated with Ringo and how people see him. It's also a bit of an unofficial anthem in our circles here: Working together in an open, collaborative environment helps us all get things done. A great oft-cited example of this is our forums where we get suggestions and feedback from you on new and improved features.

We want to start taking that one step further.

With this release, we want to involve YOU in our beta-testing and acceptance. Once development is done on any product we have a period where our testers take over and put it through the wringer, and then when it passes those tests it comes to one of our analysts for acceptance. With our new Financial Management module (I may have talked about it here before...) we want to get as many eyes looking at it as possible.

We're looking for people, preferably with experience working with Wild Apricot and who do a lot of work with financial transactions. We're going to provide you with a test site and a list of actions we want you to try out. We'd then love to hear what you thought: Did things make sense? Did they work as you anticipated? Were the screens labeled and easy to follow.

Ideally we'd like to start this process within the next couple of weeks. If you're interested, please make a post on the thread on the Roadmap, or you can email me directly at gvalentino at wildapricot.com.

Even if you can't help out with the beta-testing, we still want a little help from our friends on the forums with suggestions or feedback on:

Until next week, I remain Sgt Pepper....I mean the Useful Apricot!

 

Originally posted by gvalentino 

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Published Friday, 09 July 2010 at 2:23 PM

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