I haven’t posted too much here lately and for a good reason. Arik and I have been hard at work to release the first public beta of our test management service called Testuff. Developing software is hard enough when you have plenty of resources but when you are a one- or two-man shop with limited funds it’s even harder. We’ve built Testuff to help small companies and mISV’s like ourselves manage and run their software tests. We’ve based it on the SaaS model so you don’t have to install any servers, but we also made a rich desktop client for it so you could enjoy a better user experience. If you’re doing any sort real development for actual, breathing clients, you should try it out.
It’s been a week since the public release and although we made some marketing efforts (like this post) we’re still not getting enough traffic to our site. Only a few people have actually downloaded and tried to use our application and I think there’s only one name on that list that I don’t know. I realize we should be doing more marketing and getting the word out to as many people as we can but I don’t seem to be able to get past my perfectionism. I’m looking at Testuff now and it is (aside from some bugs and quirks) a fine achievement. It is quite convenient, rather pretty and has some really cool features like recording the video of the application you’re testing so you could reproduce the bugs with ease. However, since I’ve been working on it for so long, I’ve gotten u sed to all the cool things by now and I am already cultivating a new vision in my mind. A cleaner interface, less features, a faster bug video recorder, an ability to email a test to your friends who could run it and report the recording of the bug directly and so on. I’m struggling because I’ve promised my partner I’d write emails to some key figures in the micro ISV world (people like Bob Walsh, Eric Sink, Joel Spolsky, Ian Landsman and Andy Brice). But how can I describe the wonders of Testuff to them when I’m already thinking about the next version and the one after it?
Another thing I’m worried about is the fact that although every developer and QA I’ve talked to was very excited about Testuff, very few have visited the site and tried it out, not to mention started using it on their own team. Price shouldn’t be an obstacle as we’re giving it out for free right now and I don’t think there is a lack of need for a service like this. Something is amiss however and I still haven’t figured out what it is.
I’d love to hear any thoughts you may have on the subject and any advice you might have. You’ll probably need to install Testuff to do that (Ha! Gotcha!) so you’d better head on to the Testuff download page.