Friday Talk: Behind the scene, how new features are added in GoodBarber?
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How new features are added in GoodBarber?
1- We work with designers and product managers
2- Developpers code the feature
3- Beta testers give their feedback
How does it start?
The inspiration for this idea comes from many inputs. It can be a user feedback, a trend, an envy, etc. When you are surrounded with passionnated people getting good ideas, it's not really a probelm ;)
So ok, we have an idea, what's next?
When you have the idea, you're ready to start working. In each project we make, we always design first what we want to do.
For big new features, we need to split the design process in 2 parts:
- First, we draw on a notebook or a blackboard every screen of the new feature. In this phase, we focus on the user interface. Creating mockups does the job very well.
- Next, when we have the mockups for every page, our designers create screenshots. They produce in photoshop the exact copy of what will be displayed on user's phones once the project is completed. In this phase we choose the look and feel and we work on all the tiny details that will make the feature look great and fun to use.
What's the benefit of doing the design first?
Images are better than words. But, moreover, it helps us make the right decision before we spend a lot of time developing the feature.
Ok, now we have design, but it's not finished yet. What's the next step?
But, before they start coding, there is always a discussion between product managers, designers and the engineering team.
During this discution, the engineering team give its input and most of the time we improve even more the feature.
Great, and when do you decide to push the feature to the users?
This is the reason why you can see sometimes in the backend, the label "Beta" on a menu.
When everything is tested, it goes live and it's available to everybody.