The phases of products. Some little badges you’ll start seeing soon.

Chris Thorpe
Apr 24, 2020 · 3 min read

Why releasing things early, but making it clear to users about what phase a service is in, allows you to get products out quicker and makes them better through use and feedback.

Screenshot from upcoming service called Pipeline. It helps people describe projects at different stages.

From early next week you’ll see some new products/services from us as part of the Reuse work of Catalyst and which form part of our collective response to COVID-19. These are brand new things and in normal times we would have spent more time testing them with a small group of partners before releasing them into the wild. However, there is a real urgency to help the sector right now and we feel shipping as early as possible and learning as we go is the right thing to do.

The first of them is Service Recipes. We’ve spoken about them before. We have some wonderful, reusable, recipes from charities who are stepping forward to share the things that they are doing. They’re doing this so that others can make things like them, or learn from the work that’s being done.

Service Recipes is in Alpha at the moment and you’ll see a little badge on the website like the one below, letting you know what stage it’s at and asking for your help to make it better.

A “phase badge” displayed on a service. This one is for Alpha is accompanied by some text and a link which invites feedback to improve the service.

The stages we are currently using are as follows:

Idea

Scoping

Discovery

Alpha

Beta

Live

You’ll see more services over the next few weeks and months, at different stages of development, including something called Pipeline (there’s a sneak peek in the image at the top of the page) which will allow organisations to talk about the things they have at different stages, including ideas they’ve had and would like to invite people to collaborate on.

The important thing about sharing things at different stages is that the input of others makes things better. The earlier things are shared, the more chances there are for collaboration to flourish, but it’s always good to understand where the tool you’re using is in its development process.

Catalyst

UK collaborative to bring a social purpose to the digital…

Catalyst

UK collaborative to bring a social purpose to the digital revolution. From CAST, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, DCMS, Esmée Fairbairn, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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Catalyst

UK collaborative to bring a social purpose to the digital revolution. From CAST, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, DCMS, Esmée Fairbairn, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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