Next Tuesday is the public beta launch of Grouvia 1.0, and the anxiety is building in a big way.
Development is behind, and I am pushing them really hard. I made the decision to descope some of the features temporarily, because I really want to make this date. What that means is that the “official” beta launch will still be November 17th, but we will follow it with a 2nd beta release a few weeks later to implement the final features.
I’m concerned about bugs. They’re bad. They’re everywhere. They’re multiplying. I hate bugs. Where the hell is my flyswatter?
No seriously. There are a LOT of bugs. The new project manager (oh, did I mention that my development team got a new project manager this week? sheesh, what bad timing.) has assured me that all the major bugs will be fixed by Friday.
Now that would be a miracle.
I’m also getting my hands into the code now. I am a stickler for things that look nice and organized and line up properly and are symmetrical. So every day after the developers leave for the day (mid-morning here on the East coast) I go into the code and start fixing things. I fix images, line up form fields, and correct unbalanced drop shadows. I test things and put in bug reports for stuff I can’t fix. I correct typos and fix paragraph alignments and line spacing. It’s tedious and it’s fun.
It helps my stress level.
On a more positive note, I have two groups who are literally waiting for Grouvia to come out so they can get their sites up. One is a small local girl scout troop and the other is my weekly networking group. Actually the latter is one I’m pushing to happen, and I’ll be giving the group a demo of it a few weeks after launch.
Still… I’m just sayin’.
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