Does it seem lately like you’re the subject of more and more technology experiments? Tom and I discuss a topic many people have been wondering about lately in the newest episode of the Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast on the Legal Talk Network. This episode is called “Living in a Public Beta.”

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#92. Living in a Public Beta

There’s been a lot of discussion lately about what many see as Apple’s stumble with its maps application in iOS 6. Bryan Wolfe on recently asked “Did I Miss The Memo From Apple Making Us All Beta Testers?” From operating systems to software to apps to web services, we often find that new products and services don’t’ quite feel finished. In this episode of The Kennedy-Mighell Report, Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell discuss changing expectations in a world of fast and frequent software releases and updates, the challenge for lawyers wanting stability with their technology, and ways to cope with what feels like living in a giant public beta test. Podcast here

Bryan Wolfe’s post raises some interesting questions about our expectations about software and web services, our expectations about completed versions, the evolution of software, need for upgrades, and today’s software development methods and processes. Tom and I don’t have any definitive answer (although I felt like I used the word “tolerance” quite a few times). It was a fun episode to record and we hope it starts some discussion. As always, let us know if you have questions or comments.

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