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I'm a jack of all trades kind of tech guy with spotty knowledge in different areas of programming and scripting. In other words, I learn what I need to know in order to make my job/life more productive, but I'm certainly not a programmer by any means.

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comment What to expect when you're the client
Good points. We just asked them to involve their testing team. (Up until this point no testing team had been involved--it was just the developer working on the front-end) so we'll see if that makes a difference in bug squashing before we see the next build of the product. I'm hoping it does, because our time is much better spent providing feedback on look and feel rather than reporting bugs. Costs more to have QA, but speed to market it faster and it means less time spent documenting bugs and more time thinking about the product.
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comment What to expect when you're the client
Thanks for your answer. To clarify: up to this point, we've gone without their QA team getting involved but we have now invoked the QA team and expect to see much better results going forward. Interesting mind map--definitely broadened my horizons. The stuff I'm finding as I evaluate the app has been all around the "Function" area of that mind map. So many other things to consider! :)
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comment What to expect when you're the client
In this context, "done" means the screen's developed, looks great, and has the functionality to complete the task. (For example, you're looking at a screen with a table on it, and we have the ability to tap "add" and create a new record on that table.) Mostly concerned with look, feel and functionality. Speed to market is not as important as making sure everything's as quality as it can be, but it's important nevertheless. We've indicated previously that quality is kind of lacking and are evaluating the increase/decrease in quality with every iteration. Good learning experience.
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comment Providing feedback to developers
Yeah, not sure what they use if anything for this kind of thing. Visiting them isn't easy as they're 2 hours away and I have a day job (this is a side project I'm working on). We just recently had the idea to do GoToMeeting/WebEx desktop sharing so we could collaborate more efficiently, which I love. Face to face is always best. But we also want to document all the different moving parts--I really like the idea of metrics, which Pivotal Tracker provides, and I think I'm going to sign up for a trial and see how we fare with that tool. From what I've seen, it looks great.
Jun
29
comment Providing feedback to developers
This seems to be exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you. At $18/mo for the number of people we'd need to hook into it, I think it's a massive deal when compared to the amount of time and effort spent maintaining a word doc.
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comment Providing feedback to developers
Thanks, I'll check this out too.
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comment Providing feedback to developers
Very helpful, thanks. I'll check these out.
Jun
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comment What to expect when you're the client
They do testing in-house, but we agreed to save the testing until each portion of the app is complete... perhaps we should revisit that agreement in the future.
Jun
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comment What to expect when you're the client
Thanks for the answer. They do have QA in house, but I we both agreed that it didn't make sense to test the app out until a section of it was considered done from a development perspective; once it had all the moving parts, then it'd go through testing to find all the bugs and work them out. I'm new to being a client (and development of any kind in general) so these answers are helpful to figure things out. Thanks.
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