This week, we had our first deployment of the product I have been working on for the last several weeks.  The deployment is to the customer's test environment and it is not a fully functional product.  However, the features delivered are complete. 

The user are very excited.  In fact, they immediately started testing the data in parallel against their prior system (Access and Excel).  We received an email yesterday, stating that the data looks great and the tone of the email was very positive.

Personally, I was very anxious about this release, not because of the quality of the product, but because this is the first dealings this customer has had with me.  I started at my new company at the beginning of the year and at which time a lot of my ideas were not necessarily in line with the customer's.  We found some common ground and now they have shown more faith in me.  Previously they were very skeptical of my Agile speak and wanted nothing to do with it.  Though we could not put in place many of the Agile practices (like an in-house user), we were able to apply others behind the scenes that I feel have made this release successful.

Now it is a matter of not letting my head get too big and staying the course!
posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 9:04 AM
Filed Under [ Agile Customer Satisfaction ]

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# re: First Deployment
posted by Gregor Suttie
on 4/25/2008 9:36 AM
Hey its friday so you should change your blog title to - Will Smith ( I am Legend)

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