Would it possible to share the development roadmap for the app with the community? I believe this would make the development process more transparent and would be a great way to connect with the community.
Do you work in software business?
I do (as software developer - not at Freeletics) and the only persons we share our roadmap are internal ones. Development is high confidential in most cases (especially for new features and especially in a competetive business).
I’ve seen it happen before e.g. in early access games. Of course I don’t expect all the development details to be shared, but just a general roadmap of which features are being planned and in what order. The support team already mentions they are working on a feature when they are asked about it anyway, so why not share that information in a more structured manner? I think it would be great way to keep people engaged and looking forward to future updates.
Stating that something is on the roadmap on a user forum and releasing a detailed schedule are very different things! That said, it has been really nice getting a heads up on this forum when new features are coming out in the coming weeks (Thank you, Ben!). It would be really nice if Freeletics made these announcements more public (e.g on the official blog or via email) before the feature comes out rather than a week after.
I don’t see why those are two very different things. I don’t expect a detailed schedule or even dates, only a list with planned features and in what order the development team will be working on them.
Don’t see why telling all competitors all upcoming features would make any sense in a dense market.
Don‘t see the advantage for the competitors, if Freeletics announce e.g. that it will be possible to specify the weights (non-weighted journeys, explore tab workouts) in Quarter x 2022 or that a new journey will be published in Quarter y in 2022
I mean they had no problems announcing staedium 4-6 months before it will be (probably) published
They published the Stædium Project in presale modus, not in “still development”/“planned”.
For competitors it will be really hard to design and to develop similar product in this period. That’s the difference
My point is that there isn‘t a disadvantage, if they‘d give us informations like my examples, as there isn‘t a disadvantage to already announce Staedium for marketing reasons
But I don’t doubt that we won’t see such a roadmap
I highly doubt that it would put Freeletics at a competitive disadvantage if they announced they’re working on a feature like the ability to save your weight used in dumbbell exercises or the ability to put together your own workouts. It’s not like Freeletics is cranking out features that nobody in the fitness industry has ever thought of.
I never saw improvements/fixing of already existing functions on a roadmap in any companies I worked for. Roadmaps are for new functions like the Challenges, weights exercises including available and branded weights in shop or projects like STÆDIUM. All of this would have been really interesting for competitors; especially if STÆDIUM has been mentioned before pre-sale.
I would not call challenges or weights exercises groundbreaking features that competitors would never think of :-). I agree on the Staedium one.
Features mustn’t be “groundchanging” - you only have to be the first one having it in your product.
I work as a software developer. Since our software is not as well known as Freeletics, our roadmap is not published either, but we generally announce our next steps in the event of inquiries.
For software that is as well known as Freeletics, I have often seen public roadmaps with feature requests (e.g. Highcharts Roadmap | Highcharts). It’s not about details, but about alignment, what your focus is. Depending on this, feature requests are then submitted.
As a first step in this direction, it would be awesome, for example, if you could create a “feature and bugs” category and enable technical discussions there. I “often” notice problems and bugs, but the official bug path is too strenuous for me for little-stuff and I also miss transparency about what exactly is fixed or updated. Maybe a public changehistory would be amazing (e.g. https://www.highcharts.com/blog/changelog/)
I’m a project manager for HW/SW product in a dense and highly competitive market, yes it’s not the same but you can compare it with the fitness app industry. Who ever has the coolest new feature will be the leader. We wouldnt reveal anything before market start to stay ahead. So why reveal anything about future products/changes?
In the end it’s up to them, they didn’t even release a bug fix list, so I wouldnt expect anything.
I understand. My wish was just to go in a certain direction (for example with a new category in this forum)… and now they did it… so everything is fine!
The added this category, so technically yes…
Some blue sky thoughts based on what I would have used the past few weeks:
- add links to the YouTube or similar where the detailed tutorial for an exercise is. The short video on the app is normally fine, however if trying to master a new exercise or just wanting to improve or check form I would find this really helpful. I know it’s there if I just click out of app, into safari etc However to me adding to the app would be a big win with hopefully minimal cost as the content already available
- add this forum to the app, again convenience would massively increase participation I think
- add a “no kipping” feedback for pull ups when using a doortop bar. Adding the Height restrictions was a great development however I would imagine lots of us cannot swing, which makes those God workouts with 100 pull-ups much harder to get through if need to do as “strict”. Could also add neutral grip maybe as a new form alongside strict and chins?
- more of the nutrition blogs/ prompts. Living on Asia the nutrition app does not really work for me i find however I do appreciate the prompts from time to time
Overall I’m still a huge fan of the app, these are just some thoughts from my personal experience of how it would further improve for me