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

Peter Robbinson probbins at sympatico.ca
Thu Jan 31 10:16:18 EST 2008

I'll give Cristin 80 RFE dollars for a one-point tracker in the compositor.


Robert Magee wrote:
> 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.
> Robert
> 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.

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