Sandy looked up community on Wikipedia. Then she questioned whether Feedback Driven Development is community…
“So when you look at the activities p&p is doing, are they really “community”? Certainly the group of customers that we are trying to impact can be called a community simply by their sense of “collectivity”. But when we are trying to create patterns & practices through a technique I call “Feedback-Driven Development”, I think we are stretching the definition. With the Feedback-Driven Development, we provide an explicit and published process to the community for the development of p&p projects and customers to participate in the development process while setting expectations about working with p&p. Through this effort, we can provide a history of traceable decisions to increase the value and impact of what we produce. “
If the feedback from the community is listened to and the resulting product given to the community of customers has been improved through the collaborative efforts… I would say it is a community. This is more true if all the feedback happens in the open where every contributor could build off of each others feedback. Likewise… betaplace is not a community, but Ladybug is and could be even more than it is today.
“Even the Visual Studio Community Technology Preview (CTP) seems like a misnomer. “
I always thought this was the title because we are giving the bits to a community. So it’s a tech preview for the community of developers.
Regardless, I’m glad that people are doing this sort of introspection about what it really means to interact and participate in the community of our product users.