[Sidefx-houdini-list] Clear market feedback with RFE

Robert Magee rmagee at sidefx.com
Thu Jan 31 10:03:12 EST 2008

Certainly Side Effects bases most of our product decisions on customer 
feedback and many times on production needs of specific customers. There 
is also a look at "what's next" because innovation is important to us 
and all of this is wrapped around the desire to make Houdini accessible 
to artists while retaining the power that makes it perfect for TDs.

It would be fantastic to see some sort of RFE list created at odForce 
where the community is the only filter for the ideas. This would help us 
prioritize things at Side Effects based on your needs and would allow 
more discussion in the community on what is most important. Of course 
not everything on the list will make it because there may be other 
issues that affect which features can be added.

One idea would be to give each user 100 "RFE dollars" to use throughout 
the life cylce of a version. If you really want a feature then you must 
spend some of your RFE dollars. The most important RFEs will receive the 
most dollars. This is of course similar the issue we face which is to 
decide how much time and resources we apply to any newfeature. Once Side 
Effects releases a new version then everyone gets 100 more dollars and a 
new list is born.

Of course Side Effects could host this as well but it sounds like 
something that should be at arms length to be truly representative of 
the communities wishes.


John Coldrick wrote:
> On Thursday 31 January 2008 09:25, François Duchesneau wrote:
>> Would it be good to have a RFE kind of blog where all RFE are listed and
>> any user can...
>> 1- Vote +1, 0, -1 one time per user per RFE.
>> 2- Explain why he votes (to help other users make a clear decision)
>> 3- Subscribe to a mailing list to be warned of every new RFE
>> 4- Make a search on existing RFE to avoid posting duplicates
>> That way SideFx could know exactly what the market wants.
> 	The only problem is that it won't determine what the market wants, it will 
> determine what users that have the time and wherewithal to post(regularly) to 
> this hypothetical site want.  SESI effectively has a huge version of what 
> you're talking about that they store internally(and likely far more 
> sophisticated), I'm unsure having someone trying to maintain a concurrent 
> version publicly will help things much in any way, apart from their own 
> satisfaction.
> 	In other words, SESI is already tracking this information, and quite well. 
> The determination of what gets implemented over something else isn't 
> happening out of ignorance(they hear from their customers every single day), 
> there are other issues.  However, adding your voice to what you think should 
> be a priority is always a good thing(like you're doing), doing that is to be 
> encouraged.  You're feeding the beast just by posting.  I just don't see the 
> point of polls.
> 	Cheers,
> 	J.C.

Robert Magee
Product Marketing Manager
Side Effects Software Inc.
416 504-9876 x327

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