Well that didn't go well 🚀💣
We got our English Premier league football match recommendation app (PWA), https://www.matchoracle.com, functioning enough to share with a few friends and coworkers. More than Mom and Dad, but less than the general public.
It went poorly.
What didn't go well:
- I made the mistake of last minute changes to the app and forgot to update the login settings so no one could actually login for a bit.
- The API connection ended up being less stable than we thought and the data was reliably unavailable through the afternoon.
- Lastly, when the data was unavailable the app reported incorrect results to users rather than an error message. It's one thing to say "we had an error, try again later", but I said "the game was a 0-0 draw, don't watch it!" when it was in fact a very good game that you should definitely watch.
This is the purpose of a soft launch. We learned a lot and it really helped us focus on the needs rather than the wants.
I know this is not your typical AMA, but I figured I'd give it a try. We're basically beginners at this, very open for questions!