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Signs You Are Giving Your Stakeholders Too Much Feedback

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It’s hard to figure out which data to present to your stakeholders. It’s even harder when you’re sharing the results from your Customer Validation (CV) tests, which return lots of valuable product information and customer insights.

Our Favorite Thank You Notes from Customers and Testers

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‘Tis the season for gratitude. With Thanksgiving coming, we’re feeling especially grateful to work with you guys — the best customers, collaborators, contributors, and testers in the world!

Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar on Co-Creation and Leading a Thriving Beta Program

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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.

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Tableau Uses Centercode to Increase Beta Team Productivity By 100%

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Our latest case study looks at how the Centercode Platform helped Tableau Software, the world-class data analytics company, increase their beta team’s productivity by 100%. Tableau enables people to easily visualize, analyze, and make sense of data across disparate sources.

How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

4 Easy Marketing Tactics to Use for Your Next Survey Invitation

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Like your UX, support, QA, and product teams, a marketing team spends a lot of time trying to think like customers. We’re obsessed with discovering what attracts them, what engages them, and how to speak their language.

A Deep Dive into Video Streaming: Popularity, Features, and Adoption

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On November 12, the Walt Disney Company launched their long-awaited video streaming platform, Disney+ …surprising no one. Disney is, after all, just one name on a long list of media production outlets to jump into the stream of on-demand media.

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Meet the Betabound Team

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If the Customer Validation platform is the skeleton, Betabound is the beating heart of Centercode. Every day, members of our 200,000+ tester network are putting their time and energy towards helping our customers build spectacular products.

Tester-Powered: How Google Will Support Stadia with Beta

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You know that classic movie scene where a new kid walks into a classroom and everyone turns to stare? That kid is Google, and the classroom is the gaming industry.

The #1 Mistake to Avoid When You’re Writing Surveys

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Here you are, running another Customer Validation (CV) survey. Your survey is packed full of questions that will yield meaningful product insights, like “ What issues are you encountering? ” and “ What do you like most about the product?

How AI Can Help

Speaker: Roy Atkinson, Senior Writer Analyst, HDI and ICMI

Workforce Engagement Management has many “moving parts” including onboarding, forecasting, Quality Management, employee recognition, coaching and more. Contact Center managers spend a great deal of their time performing tasks related to engagement, and often don’t have the requisite time to properly prioritize and monitor progress. In addition, the complexity of the work performed in the Contact Center has increased, as customer contacts span many channels. This complexity is currently at a stage where emerging technologies such as AI and Machine Learning can have substantial impact and real ROI.

6 Steps to Recruiting Participants for User Research

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What’s the secret to obtaining high-quality user feedback? Whether you’re gathering input for a usability test, a focus group, Customer Validation , or another form of user research, finding and recruiting quality participants makes a world of difference to the quality of your feedback.

Developing a Test Strategy for the Agile World

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Test strategy is critical to the success of any testing effort – but where do you start? How does your strategy conform to different development methodologies? What should you tackle in-house, and what should you outsource? How you involve real users in beta testing?

4 Key Elements of Testing VR

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Experiencing technology firsthand is central to our mission here at Centercode. That’s why when our CEO Luke brought the Oculus Quest all-in-one VR system into the office, we did what any dedicated tech enthusiasts would do: we took turns playing Beat Saber. Was it entirely in the name of research?

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10 Time-Tested Tactics for Mobile Beta Test Planning

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When a mobile app is sluggish, unresponsive, or difficult to use, one of two things is likely to happen. One, it gets buried on a screen full of other apps and forgotten about. Or two, long press and uninstall.

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How to Cut the High Cost of Contact Center Agent Attrition

Agent attrition has always been a burden on a company’s bottom line. When turnover runs rampant in the contact center, institutional knowledge is lost, productivity drops, the quality of service decreases, and employee engagement and morale go down. This white paper takes an in-depth look at the problem and explains how outsourcing can be used to fix it.

How to Avoid Psychological Biases in Your Research

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In a perfect world, all the data you collect from your surveys would be 100% unbiased. But I don’t have to tell you that’s not the world we live in. In reality, bias is common in research.

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Announcing the 2020 Virtual Customer Validation Conference

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It’s back — and this time, it’s exclusively online! We’re excited to announce the Virtual Customer Validation Conference , happening on April 7 – 9, 2020.

Crowdsourced Testing vs. Beta Testing: What’s the Difference?

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Imagine this: you have two groups of 100 testers. You give them the same product. You ask them to report back on their findings. Would their answers be the same? Well, that depends on who the testers in those two groups are. It also depends on what you ask them.

Feature Flagging: Your Secret Weapon in Continuous Customer Testing

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Software testing teams often find themselves sacrificing quality for speed when it comes to getting updates out on time. Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve explored how professionals are using customer testing to scale their resources and manpower within continuous delivery.

Straight Talk about Security, Compliance and Reliability in Cloud Communications

The risk is real - every organization recognizes the consequences of inadequate security, compliance and reliability in communications systems. Data breaches make headlines and privacy violations put companies at legal risk, not to mention the very real revenue costs of downtime. In this report, 8x8 shares how they secure data across every step of their communications system - and how you can easily comply with tightening regulations.

How Technology Drives the Evolution of Beta Testing

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We may associate the idea of beta testing with Google, Microsoft, video games, and other tech with roots in the late 20th century, but IBM cemented “beta” as far back as the 1950s. The Director of Betabound, Brad Day, wrote about the history of beta.

Meet the Centercode Managed Testing Services Team

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Throughout the month, we’ve been looking at best practices for writing surveys — from avoiding psychological biases to tips for keeping your data squeaky clean. This week, we decided to ask our Customer Validation Managed Testing Services Team to weigh in.

Handling Software Testing in Continuous Delivery

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It’s clear that continuous delivery and Agile are the way of the future for software development. The problem is that while dev teams have managed to keep up with the demand so far, software testing teams are struggling to maintain output quality.

Fuel Your Product Management Goals with These 3 Testing Tactics

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When it comes to making decisions about your product, data is your best ammunition. Between analytics, surveys, support tickets, and customer testing, there are plenty of opportunities for your product management team to collect information about your customers’ experiences.

Redefining Customer Experience Metrics for Better Performance

Speaker: Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction Continuum

Join us for this insightful webinar with Lynn Hunsaker, Chief Customer Officer of ClearAction, who will show you how to zero-in on true leading indicators and describe how to connect business results metrics with employees’ workflow metrics.

How Sonos is Leveraging User Research to Enhance Their Beta Program

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Beta testing is much more than a box to check off on a list. While some companies only think of it as a last-ditch effort to tie up loose ends before launch, others are tapping user research to play a more fundamental role in the product development process.

Humanizing the Role of Beta Managers Through Communication

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If you’ve attended a QA or testing conference recently, it seems as though manual testing is a dying discipline. Due in part to the speed of development, test automation, and artificial intelligence, a greater proportion of test management is now influenced or even controlled by developers.

How to Test a Folding Smartphone (and Other Emerging Tech)

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Seeing the risks and rewards of emerging technology unfold is part of what makes the tech industry so exciting to follow. And since CES 2019, one of the biggest nail biters is the race to get the folding smartphone into the hands of consumers.

5 Essentials for App Beta Testing

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Apps are both readily accessible and everywhere. Go into a grocery store, a mall, a transit station, and you’ll see apps for everything from shopping to parking to public transportation.

How to Make the Transition to Customer Service Outsourcing

Speaker: Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer, Advantage Communications Inc.

You’re feeling the pressure of keeping your employees engaged and improving your customer experience, but you’re not sure if you’re ready or even know how to make a smooth transition to a contact center. Randy Clapp, Chief Revenue Officer of Advantage Communications, will lead you through an outsourcing Self-Assessment you can apply to your business in this insightful webinar developed to provide you with the building blocks to take your customer service experience to the next level.

The Beginner’s Guide to Identifying Beta Program Metrics

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What are beta program metrics exactly? Which ones are important? Why do I need them? These are the types of questions that suddenly pop into the minds of product and program managers when an executive team comes looking for Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Product Questions to Ask Customers Across the Product Life Cycle

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In product development, timing is everything. The type of customer-driven product questions you ask, when you ask them, and the kind of customer feedback you use to answer them all influence the insights you pull in and how they’ll ultimately serve you.

3 Essential Community Management Tips from Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar

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In this second post of our two-part interview with Dona Sarkar, leader of the Windows Insider program , she unpacks several community management tips for beta program executives, product managers, and other people responsible for Customer Validation.

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4 Feedback Disciplines All Product Managers Should Know

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Back in the day, there were fewer formalized types of customer feedback. Product managers would wait weeks or even months for feedback to trickle in once the product was on the market. But in today’s complex, heavily software-focused landscape, it’s unrealistic to wait so long.

Beyond the Contact Center: Unlocking Insights with Speech Analytics

A global survey of 500 key decision makers by Opus Research shows the core benefits of making the leap to an omnichannel contact center, such as uncovering actionable business insights on employee-customer interactions.

Closing the Customer Feedback Loop

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Whether it comes early in the development lifecycle, right before launch, or between releases, customer feedback is vital to understanding what your target market wants and expects. Any time you talk directly with your market, it reveals incredible insights.

AI and the Future of Testing

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Whether it’s the rise of AI, CI/CD, or DevOps, the lines between testing and development are blurring. But as testing methodologies evolve and bleed into development, professional testers are questioning how this evolution will affect their role in product development.

Centercode User Group ‘19: Fresh Perspectives on Beta Testing

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The spread of talent within the Customer Validation industry makes for brilliant conversations. These gatherings are rare, but each one offers incredible insights into both the state of Beta Testing and the professionals leading the charge.

Beta Testing Success in 5 Steps

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Centercode has been running beta tests for over 18 years. That’s why we can say this on good authority: beta testing isn’t easy. For one, there is no “one size fits all” formula that works for every product, every company, or every customer.

Personalized Customer Experience with All-In-One Voice, Video, Chat, Contact Center

Reliable communications are mission critical in today’s business environment. Customers are increasingly selective, and companies compete on the customer experience. Incorporating integrated communications as a key component is driving high returns.