TheBugHunt 4th edition; 6 products tested in 2 hours

TheBugHunt 4th edition; 6 products tested in 2 hours 3144We've had 4 companies lined-up, only 3 showed up at 6PM, but finally we had a (good) crowd, 6 products were tested, from non-profits like Ile-Sans-Fil, startups like Subgraph or BullBear, open source project TikiWiki, to obscure apps like Cryptocat. For those who are new to the Bug Hunt concept, we've done a special video to present the event. So that's 18 products tested so far, in 4 sessions. Do you have a product to test? Ping us on Twitter (@heri or @paisible) to get your product tested by customers at the next bug hunt.   Read more…


Upcoming: TheBugHunt with IleSansFil, TikiWiki, Bull Bear, and Subgraph

Upcoming: TheBugHunt with IleSansFil, TikiWiki, Bull Bear, and Subgraph 3123For startup fans and QA \ UX enthusiasts, we're organizing a bug hunt next thursday. As the name suggests, it's an event dedicated to get products and their users together, to get valuable comments, bugs, feedback and also an opportunity for product owners to see how people really use their product. Like in previous editions, we're doing it the last Thursday of the month, at Notman House, from 6PM. Here is the list of products:
  • Ile Sans Fil is going to test their landing page, whenever a user connects and logs into a ilesansfil network. It's perhaps the most useful organization in Montreal, so come submit your comments about their page's usability and (potential) bugs.
  • TikiWiki is an ambitious open source project, with the goal of providing all the software that a small business needs. They've done a lot of work in the past years in developing features, and are   Read more…


Upcoming: TheBugHunt with mTrip, iWeb, matchFWD and ArtSumo

Upcoming: TheBugHunt with mTrip, iWeb, matchFWD and ArtSumo 3032For those interested in application usability, and also those interested in hooking up with technology companies, a bug hunt event is scheduled this thursday July 28th, 6pm at Notman House (51 Sherbrooke west). Like in previous editions, the idea is simple: have a diverse panel of users go through your application, at the same time, and let them log bugs, comments, feedback in a common document (see previous Google doc here). It's also a unique opportunity for product owners to watch how people are using their application, validating their product roadmap or highlighting instead bugs in the interface that they need to fix. Each company is invited to participate in beer & pizza money, with a short presentation (2 to 3mn) of their application and also present what users should do, with a summary of the directions on the common document. We then have 20 minutes or so   Read more…


Upcoming: TheBugHunt @ NotmanHouse, Thursday

Upcoming: TheBugHunt @ NotmanHouse, Thursday 2860We organized a first Bug Hunt last month for 3 web applications and 1 iPhone app. The event gathered a diverse panel of users, with different interests and abilities, who would go through the applications looking for UI problems. For most application developers, it's an eye opener that resets their priorities. So the next TheBugHunt session will be this upcoming thursday June 23rd. Like in the first event, we are asking companies & users to come over and help track down application errors, bugs and UI problems. Each web or mobile application is tested by a diverse panel of users during 20 to 40 minutes, and user comments are logged "live" in a common Google Docs. In the previous sessions, applications had an average 20 bugs/comments found by users. Currently, we have Enterprising.ly and Bandmo, and we are looking for 2 additional applications. If you are launching soon an   Read more…


[Upcoming] Find problem with your startup with TheBugHunt

Screen shot 2011-04-25 at 4.29.23 PM 2710 One of the greatest benefits of being at a place like the NotmanHouse is that you get in touch with so many potential users of your new venture. It's easy to get a quick feedback from a newly developed functionality, and then update it right away based from the couple of people you've met at the Notman Café. Of course, there are online sites which provides this kind of feedback (such as usertesting) but nothing beats live feedback, especially if you know how to "read" people's reactions and communicate. Based on those observations, this is why we're doing TheBugHunt, a new event targeted at startup fans, who would early access to a new site or mobile application. For the first edition, we're having 3 new startups and will ask attendees to use their site and at the same time try to find bugs. The tested applications are

Tribair, Shwowp, TrainingMobs, MatchFwd, Canvious, orgnz.it @ Usability Fix 7

Tribair, Shwowp, TrainingMobs, MatchFwd, Canvious, orgnz.it @ Usability Fix 7 2187 A tester tries to use Tribair's voip android app. Last tuesday, web-savvy users tested 6 different products. A few were already launched, with solid products. That's the case of Shwowp, a service which helps you track your purchases,  Tribair, a mobile application for iPhone and Android offering free or cheap international calls, or TrainingMobs (see post here). Many were still in the design stage though, such as MatchFwd, Canvious or orgnz.it The goal of Usability Fix is to get 5 to 10 usability sessions throughout the evening. I found it a valuable event since product owners were frequently surprised to discover how a user viewed their products or accomplished a task, pointing out deficiencies. If you are wondering why you don't get enough users signing up or if you still have low conversion   Read more…


[Upcoming] Usability Fix #7, Jan 11th

[Upcoming] Usability Fix #7, Jan 11th 2181Bolidea (@bolidea and @alexdao) are organizing and hosting next tuesday Usability Fix. The 2 hour long session aims to find issues in your application's interface, with users going through the application and giving valuable feedback to the designers and developers of the application. Here 's the list of applications featured: I went to a previous usability fix event; it's funny to see developers discovering that their users didn't have a clue what their application was about, or let alone know how to   Read more…


Dresssed.com aims for Premium rails themes

Dresssed.com aims for Premium rails themes 2169Local developer Marc-André Cournoyer has announced a new project named dresssed which will provide top themes for rails applications. The service promises work from design professionnals and will give rails developers a good design (graphics and UI) for their new app. Nothing is available yet from the the Dresssed.com website as you will be greeted by a marketing survey, but given Marc-André's work so far, this is a project to watch. Development-wise, this is a good idea, since one of Rails's main sales point was its speed of development and functionality out of the box. It should be specially interesting for one-man dev teams (read: consultant or the entrepreneur/dev profile) who want to focus on development and take care of the design later. Add this to services like heroku, which takes care of the hosting and the back-end, and it might be possible soon for developers to take care only   Read more…