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Citrix reveals product design methodology, asks YOU to use it

The old 'X dollars in your audio budget should go on speakers' method gets an airing

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Citrix has revealed the internal process it uses to define new products, and wants you to have a go at using it to suggest the next versions of XenDesktop and XenApp.

Detailed here and here, the company explains it gives its developers a hypothetical budget for features in a forthcoming product, then suggests they Spend the $100 by allocating it to your desired functionality”.

Anything that scores zero dollars doesn't make it into the product. Features that do win a budget make it in, with bigger budgets winning higher priority and more effort.

Citrix suggests a few options, namely

  • New product features?
  • Better documentation, more how-to-webinars/YouTube videos, is there a particular web site that should be revamped?
  • Automated support tools, error messages?
  • Investing time with partners to make a certain backup or anti-virus product available?
  • Expand certification labs to broaden our hardware support for particular emerging hardware, monitors etc?

Readers of Citrix's blog have offered a few more suggestions.

The Reg understands Citrix will soon reveal the results of previous uses of this methodology, possibly timed to rain on VMware's VMworld parade. In a week or two we'll know if that $100 was money well spent. ®

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