There. That's the elephant in the room dealt with.
But you wouldn't know how flaky this first version of the site is from reading the brilliant discussions and project ideas that over 150 patient, benevolent fellows have been posting to the site, and then discussing with passion. Warts and all, the site does seem to be buzzing!
After the event on the 22nd, Andy and I were amazed by the levels of participation and activity that exploded on the site - so at least the prototype we built didn't obstruct that! To be honest, we didn't expect that kind of success immediately, and so it's taken us a bit of time to collate that feedback and respond.
So I am very pleased to echo Anshuman's announcement, and let you know that we are going to be starting the next few rounds of development tomorrow - fixing some of the niggly problems and usability issues that have frustrated many users. There are also a few obvious bugs that we hope to squash, and some basic gardening work like creating an FAQ and some help files - all of which we hope to do before Christmas.
I have written a few posts on the RSA Networks site laying out the three stages of this plan:
- A pre-christmas bug-squashing fest, where we aim to get the most obvious design and usability issues fixed.
- An early January development cycle, during which we aim to implement some feature requests and try out some experimental collaboration processes.
- A hand-over to a production team, who will take the prototype into production.
Of course, as with the first development cycle - which was great fun, we are again asking for your help in shaping the process itself as well as the technology.
We are still looking for the magic combination of factors, and the right way to ask the questions that will start to really activate projects, to move from 'discussion' to 'action', and to 'mesh the cogs' of the RSA - as Don calls for in his post.
Your ideas on those fronts, and comments on the three development phases, as well as your continued use and feedback on the site are much appreciated!