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Building an MVPP: Minimum Viable Product We’re Proud Of

Building an MVPP: Minimum Viable Product We’re Proud Of

On November 18th, 2014, we publicly released Optimizely’s iOS editor. Before we launched, there was one problem the whole team rallied behind to fix: we weren’t proud of the product. To fix this issue, we went beyond a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to an MVPP—the Minimum Viable Product we’re Proud of.

This is the story of how we pulled this off, what we learned along the way, and product development tips to help you ship great products, from the perspective of someone who just did it.

For People Who Need Help Memorizing Their Coworkers’ Names

For People Who Need Help Memorizing Their Coworkers’ Names

Employees at extremely fast growing companies have an exciting opportunity to meet many smart, interesting new people. This also presents a challenge: memorizing their names. It might seem impossible after you reach a certain size and have multiple offices around the world. Maybe knowing everyone is unrealistic, but at least we can strive to match a name with a face.

During our last hack sprint, I thought, wouldn’t it be nice to have a tool that could help us recognize (and maybe even get to know) each other?

Why We Make Time to Hack


Why We Make Time to Hack

We held our first week-long hackathon this past spring. It was a week where anybody at Optimizely could work on anything they wanted. The results were outstanding with 20 hacks presented to the entire organization.

This week was so good, our ambitions were so high, the only thing we needed at the end of that week was another one… Enter Hack Sprint.

3 New Optimizely Settings to Give You More Control

In order to run an experiment using Optimizely you put a snippet on your website. This snippet points to a JavaScript file that includes experiment configuration data such as targeting criteria and meta data like the name of the experiment. We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear: you want more control over what is included in this file. We fell short of your expectations and our own in this area. I’m sorry. Today, we’re launching three new settings to give you more control.

OpenSSL Security Update

On April 7, the OpenSSL project issued a Security Advisory that detailed a serious vulnerability in the encryption software in use by a large percentage of the internet.

We have prioritized hardening those services which handle account credentials and have secured those as of 10pm PDT April 8th.