Satisfaction with NetCAT 7.1 program


Total respondents: 31 NetCAT 7.1 participants
Duration: December 9th - December 16th, 2011 (7 days)
1. How did you like NetCAT program in general?
Perfect idea 19 61 %
Good 12 39 %
Don't know 0 0 %
Useless activity 0 0 %
Very bad 0 0 %
Chart showing overall satisfaction with NetCAT.

2. Do you think the concept of NetCAT Tribes is worth repeating?
Yes 31 100 %
No 0 0 %
Chart showing opinion of NetCAT tribes concept.
  • Yes, but not very sure, because as u know "in theory there is no difference between the practice and theory. In practice there is" ;)
  • The tribe leaders didn't seem to do much...
  • I think it is worthwhile to have people focus on specific areas, so the tribes definitely work well. :)
  • I think it would be a good idea to start the tribes' work earlier with an evaluation of the test specs in order to identify areas where they may be confusing, out of date, &c. That way we may also be able to help out with the test specification itself.
  • I expected more involvement and coordination within the tribe members but perhaps I simply missed that phase because when tribes were formed I was overseas and I entered the PHP tribe only recently.
  • I believe more could be accomplished with Tribes by guiding/assisting tribe members work in a formalized collaborative manner.
  • 3. How were you satisfied with the netbeans.org infrastructure (web, Bugzilla, mailing lists, Wiki, SSO etc.)?
    Very satisfied 9 29 %
    Satisfied 20 65 %
    Don't know 1 3 %
    Discontented 1 3 %
    Very discontented 0 0 %
    Chart showing satisfaction with netbeans.org infrastructure.

    4. How are you satisfied with fixing NetCAT bugs during stabilization phase?
    Very satisfied 12 39 %
    Satisfied 17 55 %
    Don't know 2 6 %
    Discontented 0 0 %
    Very discontented 0 0 %
    Chart showing satisfaction with bug fixing during NetCAT.

    5. Were you satisfied with cooperation with NetBeans Developers and QE?
    Yes 31 100 %
    No 0 0 %
    Chart showing satisfaction with cooperation with NetBeans staff.

  • Yes - all reports where dealt with swiftly
  • There was one instance where a bug report was closed as "invalid" for no obvious reason, which was frustrating, but overall it was good.
  • Thanks! It is a pleasure working with you!
  • This has continued to improve over the years I've been on NetCAT. It's a pleasure to work with the devs because they take our issues seriously (as long as we provide the requested input).
  • Being a software developer myself I was amazed at the amount of bugs that the team managed to fix in this limited time. In general I was very satisfied by the quick responses I got from every bug report I submitted.
  • Very responsive and cooperative. I would remove WORKSFORME from bugzilla. It does not better reflect a bug's state then INCOMPLETE which is a much nicer way of asking for more information. Communication with people you never looked in the eye can (/will) escalate on details (not that this happened to me :) ).
  • 6. How would you classify the traffic on the [71cat] mailing list?
    Heavy 8 26 %
    Medium 23 74 %
    Low 0 0 %
    Distribution of traffic on NetCAT list (low/medium/high).

    7. How do you value work of NetCAT coordinator, Jiri Kovalsky?
    Very satisfied 28 90 %
    Satisfied 3 10 %
    Don't know 0 0 %
    Discontented 0 0 %
    Very discontented 0 0 %
    Graph of satisfaction with program coordination.

    8. Would you participate in the NetCAT 7.2 program?
    Yes 26 84 %
    Don't know 4 13 %
    No 1 3 %
    Graph of willingness to repeat participation in NetCAT.

    9. What communication channel does suit your needs best?
    Mailing list 26 84 %
    Web forum 4 13 %
    On-line chat 1 3 %
    Other 1 3 %
    Graph of preferred communication channel.

    10. Do you have any suggestions for NetCAT program to be more successful?

    • 1) Maybe the period should be smaller. It is hard task to remain faithful if the program takes too long 2) More timely feedback on Netcat participates problems (even if you think they provide you with stupid ideas :) )
    • How do you know if the daily build has a bug fix in it or not? Maybe there should be instructions on how to determine what fixes are included.
    • Strong leadership and some kind of plan for tribes. In php tribe was a vacuum.
    • Need a bit more time. Maybe start earlier in the release cycle.
    • Please continue having such program
    • I would not change anything to the way things currently work tbh.
    • Join real users and have them comment/partecipate to NetBeans development/evolution
    • See above (tribes helping with test specifications).
    • Start it earlier to have more time to evaluate suggestions.
    • The way the NetCAT program is going is the best way. Its really great to have such a nice team that takes the comments from the developers around the world and work accordingly. It really great.
    • Regular netCAT point updates in the dashboard.
    • Maybe we could have a profile page for each participant with the information about submitted bugs and others.
    • At times there were lots of messages in the mailing list and I found reading all of them time consuming. However, it was still manageable and I can't think of a way to improve it.
    • In my experience scenario based tests work better for user acceptance tests then extensive test scripts. For example the gui builder sanity tests worked (as in more fun and more result) much better then TS_71_Form.
    • I want an easier way to refresh the DailyBuilds: -) Everyday download a 250MB - Installation -) Install this Version an change the settings
    • Please try to promote the program to the public as much as possible. I believe there are tons of developers out there who have never heard of the program, yet who could have contributed for it.

    11. Any other comments regarding this initiative?

    • It's fantastic - It gives the users that are interested in NetBeans a place where they can contribute and communicate with the people that are actively working on Netbeans.
    • I like it :)
    • Best of luck to you guys!
    • Jirka was excellent. He made me feel appreciated as a participant.
    • No
    • Jirka, a big thanks to you for the brilliant work you did as coordinator! I again thoroughly enjoyed being a part of this group, and I'm looking forward to the next NetCAT!
    • I overestimated the time available to me in the last weeks, so I was as active at NetCAT as I wished I would be. But I gained quite some confidence in NetBeans seeing how you all work on new features for my favorite IDE.
    • Great job by Jiri Kovalsky, as usual. He is very good at getting things done.
    • I don't think that giving NetCAT points for sending an email is a good idea - it encourages some people to generate noise on the list.
    • NetCAT program is the unique program and the best program for improving the overall quality of the favorite product "The NetBeans".
    • Great initiative. Please don't kill it.
    • This was my first NetCat and I feel very satisfied, I had the chance to try new technologies and to have glimpse of the way projects and teamwork are organized by NetBeans developers. I feel the time doing NetCAT work was well spent, I learned a lot and I get to use NetBeans without many of the bugs that would have made my work more uncomfortable.
    • Compliments to Jirka for giving directions to a process involving so many and different individuals. Not a trivial task. Would be nice to close with a beer :).

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