Since late November now KidsConnect has been out there in the real world being used by actual parents to find activities and services for their under fives in Brixton and the surrounding area.

Following the best principles of agile design we were keen to get our first ‘Minimum Viable Product’ into the hands of parents as soon as possible, so that they could tell us what works, what doesn’t and what we should change.  Our ‘go live’ was simultaneously exciting and terrifying but despite our nerves all went to plan and we have since been gathering lots of useful feedback from our fantastic closed beta testers.

Putting our product into the hands of actual parents to test has raised issues we hadn’t thought of in the initial design process – like the fact that an event shouldn’t stop appearing in our search results the moment it has started in the real world – what about the parent running late who would suddenly be unable to check the location or other details of that event?

We’ve had lots of positive feedback too.  And excitingly there’s evidence that – even at the micro scale of our beta testing – people are starting to tell their friends about KidsConnect. We’ve had more people register to use the tool than those we’ve specifically approached as testers.  What better endorsement could we hope for?