This has been a bad week for a variety of reasons. A product we have been working on for quite a while is not going well. It isn’t MY project, I am a “hired gun” doing the product marketing for it. There is a formal product manager, and I work with him (a great guy, I have known him for about 16 years, so it isn’t a stranger relationship between us.
About 15 months ago when I began this stint, we were talking about a 3 month beta test program. (actually, he was talking about it, I was listening) And I quipped that that was quaint, a beta program, but that I would bet a dollar that we wouldn’t do a beta test.
Here we are, the program is way late, we just talked today of using our three beta builds as our first customer shipments.
My original statement was: “Mark my words, alpha, will be beta, will be first commercial shipment.” And now, that is the most likely result.
I feel like a schmuck. Banana product management again.