One of the ways we can continue to improve the app rollout experience to our customers is to ensure that we thoroughly beta test any of our new features and app enhancements well before they hit a general release. That’s where our beta testing team comes in to the picture.
The CPT Beta Test Team
This is a group of daily CPT users that receive advance access to the latest and greatest versions of the Chronic Pain Tracker app. They continue to use their same CPT diary data with the beta app versions, and get to utilize the newest features of the app, the latest performance enhancements, and the most recent bug fixes. And although we do test the app versions internally before releasing a version to the beta group, it can happen that a bug will be found by a beta tester. In these cases, our beta testers receive priority support from our development team to get them back up and running.
In addition to access to the latest features and priority support access, our beta testers are also valued contributors when it comes time for us to decide on new features to add to the product or which direction to focus our development efforts. So if you love CPT, but also want to help make it even better, being a member of the beta testing team can help give you a voice in our development strategy.
What the Team Gives Back to Development
So, what do we get out of this team? Well, in return for the benefits described above, the members of the beta test team agree to use the app frequently and provide feedback to our development team about how the app is performing and the details of any bugs or crashes that may arise. That way our development team can work with them to get those issues resolved before we issue a general release of that version.
Basically we need testers that are going to commit to exercising the product and will provide us with good logical feedback about any issues that they identify during its use. And that feedback doesn’t have to be just about bugs. It could be design related, or pointing out a translation mistake, or suggesting a better way of laying out a form. In other words, we want beta testers that are using the product and like to communicate.
Joining the CPT Beta Test team
Periodically we look to add more folks to this team to get some new perspective and insight from our user base. So, if you’d like to help us make CPT even better, let us know. We only have a couple of requirements of our beta testers:
- Beta Tester Prerequisites:
We manage the sign-up process, communication, and beta app distribution through a software distribution system called TestFlight. This is now an Apple owned and integrated company that allows you to register as a beta tester and download beta versions as easily as downloading an app from the AppStore. There is even a TestFlight app that would run on your iPhone or iPad device that would notify you of new beta versions being ready for testing. It’s made the distribution process a snap for both the development team and the beta tester.
So, what do you say? Would you like to join the CPT Beta Testing team? If so, we’d invite you to send us an email with the following information. Once we’ve had a chance to review your information, we’ll see if you’re a good fit for the beta testing team and will forward you an invite to join the TestFlight system.
- Please send an email to: [email protected] with the following:
- Your name
- Type of device(s) which you use for CPT (eg. iPhone 6s, iPad Mini, iPhone Plus 7)
- Approximately how long have you been using CPT?
- Average number of diary entries per week you create with CPT?