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435: New Feature Launch Checklist

April 13, 2022

This week, we share the checklist that we use when launching new features to make sure we’re not missing certain states, flows, or edge cases. In the Sidebar, we talk about working in public and the risk of people stealing your ideas.

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Main Topic:

This week, we share the checklist that we use when launching new features to make sure we’re not missing certain states, flows, or edge cases.

Kriss Patel asks on GitHub:

When there is new feature in app, how do you guys make sure that you considered all the scenarios and designed all the screens which will be affected by this change?

A gut-check checklist:

  • Talk to eng!
  • Design systems!
  • Retrospectives and learning from mistakes
  • No data, some data, lots of data
  • Long strings, short strings, emoji, other user generated content
  • New user (to product and to feature)
  • Network status — offline state / network change
  • Loading states
  • Error states
  • Screen sizes / orientation
  • Accessibility settings (text size, contrast modes, voiceover)
  • Entry points (deep link, email)
  • Signed in, signed out, other authentication states
  • Permissions status
  • Color themes
  • Performance
  • Metrics / analytics
  • Product-specific settings
  • Product-specific plans (free, pro, etc.)
  • Product-specific content (moderation, pending requests, etc.)

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