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Top Twelve Tips for Running a Beta Test (02 Mar 2004)
If you add a feature, even a small one, during the beta process, the clock goes back to the beginning of the eight weeks and you need another 3-4 releases. One of the biggest mistakes I ever made was adding some whitespace-preserving code to CityDesk 2.0 towards the end of the beta cycle which had some, shall we say, unexpected side effects that a longer beta would have fleshed out.
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