February 2, 2012, 8:00 am
Now that we are coming to the end of the mobile site’s beta period, the mobile team would like to look back at what’s been already released as well as look forward to the final beta phase before the site is officially launched. The in-person Buzzer Blog testing and the comments left on this and other new mobile site Buzzer Blog posts all contribute to making the new site as good and as user friendly as possible.
Who the mobile team is looking for
The team is looking for two Buzzer Blog readers who are regular Metro Vancouver bus users and use m.translink.ca and Next Bus in particular on a regular basis. Preference is for a person who is a user of the technology and not someone with a software engineering background. The team is also looking for someone who accesses the new mobile site using either a smartphone running Android 2.3 or an iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S.
Where, when and what
Where: Chosen testers will be asked to report to the 16th Floor reception in Metrotower II, 1600 – 4720 Kingsway (not far from the Metrotown SkyTrain station)
When: Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. One tester will be asked to arrive no later than 10 a.m., the other 2 p.m. The testing will take approximately 45 minutes.
What: Testers will be asked to use the mobile site while being videoed via webcam so our mobile team can learn from what they do. They may also be asked some questions about their thoughts on the site and how they think it can be improved. Finally, they will also be asked to provide feedback on the newest phase of the mobile site—predicting when your bus will actually arrive!!! Yes, the next phase of the mobile site will calibrate where you are, show you where the bus is as well as tell you as best as possible when you should be at your bus stop so you won’t miss the bus!
Chosen testers will be given Fare Saver tickets to cover the cost of getting to and from Metrotower II as well as a gift certificate for a meal.
How to become a tester
If you fit the description of the type of tester the mobile team is look for, then please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line “I want to be a second-round tester.” In the body of the email, please leave your full name, phone number, type of phone and operating system used, preferred testing time (if you have one), and a statement of what you like best and least about the new mobile site in 100 words or less
. That’s it! The mobile team and I will chose the two testers based on the information provided and notify them as of Friday, February 3, 2012
I’ll be blogging about the testing, so I’ll want to take photos of the testers and ask a few questions. I haven’t seen the predictive phase of the mobile site in use myself, so this is a really exciting opportunity to see this new update for the first time! I look forward to your entries. Thanks everyone!