Either you test, or your members will

Either you test, or your members will

If I was forced to choose the single most important activity during a system implementation, I would choose testing. The point of testing is to ensure the system does what you expect it to do in normal, day-to-day use. Can you process and renew members? Can members and customers register for an event? Can you manage committee membership? And so on.

As I always tell my clients, either you (the staff) will do testing before go-live, or your members and customers will do it after go-live (i.e., as soon as they start trying to interact with you either via your website or directly via phone or mail).

Most off-the-shelf systems already "work," in that they do the things they promise (e.g., dues renewal, event registration, etc.). But they need to be configured to your association's business rules, and that's where the testing becomes critical.

And of course, even after go-live, if you add new functionality, that needs to be tested.

So ask yourself: Who's doing the testing in your organization? The staff, or your members?

Wes's Wednesday Wisdom Archives

“Working with you is like going to therapy.”

October 20, 2021

“Working with you is like going to therapy.” I was working with a client last …

“Working with you is like going to therapy.” Read More »

The best ideas are stolen

October 13, 2021

The best ideas are stolen I don’t remember where I first heard it, but someone said …

The best ideas are stolen Read More »

It’s all about expectations

October 7, 2021

It’s all about expectations One of the most critical contributors to the success of a …

It’s all about expectations Read More »

But are you really willing to change?

September 22, 2021

But are you really willing to change? When any organization is making a change in data management …

But are you really willing to change? Read More »

Two tips for data conversion

September 15, 2021

Two Tips for Data Conversion I’ve written a lot about data conversion over the years …

Two tips for data conversion Read More »

Who should “own” the database?

September 8, 2021

Who should “own” the database? One of the most common questions I get from my …

Who should “own” the database? Read More »

What makes you weird?

September 1, 2021

What makes you weird? When I work with clients on selecting a new association management system, one …

What makes you weird? Read More »

Why “AMS Consortiums” Don’t Work

August 25, 2021

Why “AMS Consortiums” Don’t Work About once a year I will get a call from …

Why “AMS Consortiums” Don’t Work Read More »

Your vendor will disappoint you

August 18, 2021

Your vendor will disappoint you I follow politics as a hobby. A past publisher from …

Your vendor will disappoint you Read More »

Learn how to lose

August 11, 2021

Learn how to lose “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to …

Learn how to lose Read More »

Scroll to Top