Beta tests are important for companies and they are benefiting everyone who is involved.
Companies that run beta tests are genuinely interested in hearing your feedback and what you think.
If you’re selected as a beta tester, you need to make the most of the opportunity.
Share every thought, note every bug, and get engaged in the process.
The more active you are on the project, the more likely you will be to earn any project incentive and get other chances to test with the company.
If the company likes you they will contact you again and maybe even give you benefits!
Let's Learn Some Tips To Nail Beta Testing
1. Don't OverWork Your Self
Spend a little time every day doing something on every part of the product. Budget sometime each day to submit feedback. By doing a little bit every day you will test the product in its entirety, have great performance numbers, and have a lot of fun Because getting access to beta testing usually means new features and improvements, also remember you are #first.
Be communicative and responsive throughout the project. Remember that the people running the test are eager to hear what you have to say and what you’re experiencing. It’s incredibly important to monitor your bugs, watch the forums, and respond quickly to any inquiries the beta team might have for more information. Being Active and also providing human interest can go a long way.
3. Be Clear and Thorough
Make your communication clear and detailed. Your feedback needs to give the beta team a solid understanding of your issues, ideas, and opinions. If they don’t understand what you’re saying or don’t have enough data, they might have to come back to you again, which just takes up more of everyone’s time. They need to be able to understand your comments and act on them immediately. Screenshots and pictures often help. Also writing the issue and using the right words is important, I often use emojis to describe sections and titles.
4.Privacy as Always
Many companies spend months designing and building their test product. They are spending many thousands of dollars to prepare for its launch. If the beta test is private, it’s your responsibility and obligation to keep everything about the beta test secret. Don’t blog, don’t Tweet, don’t chat, don’t post anything anywhere about the beta test. Don’t even mention you are involved in the project. Remember, these companies are trusting you with their new product. In return, you should show them respect by keeping everything you experience a secret. Also, you can get sued, because companies sometimes sign you up with an argument when joining the beta test.
Be flexible and understanding. Product development is a complicated process that involves many people and many tasks. Your role in this process is to share your perspective regarding the product. If the company discovers an important issue or needs to change the direction of the project, that could change the schedule. They might need to extend the test or cut it short to meet their new schedule. These changes are commonplace in beta, so please be willing to adapt to them. At the end of the day, you are just tasked to help beta test the product.
I love beta testing, getting access to tools/products before everyone is a huge key to getting an upper age on the market.
Most importantly the benefits that you are getting are knowledge and new people that you can meet and collaborate with in the future.