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Introducing a public roadmap for Ninchanese

From the start, we’ve wanted you, our learners, to be involved in the process of building Ninchanese to turn Ninchanese into the best way to learn Chinese it can be. And, you have. We’re very grateful for the time you take to tell us your ideas, and wanted to give back to you somehow. This got us thinking: why don’t we take this a step further and become more open about what we’re working on now and what’s next? Why don’t we involve you, our learners even more in Ninchanese’s development? And that’s what we just did: we launched a public roadmap!

We’re happy to now have taken a step further in being open and transparent with you by launching our very first roadmap!

View Ninchanese's public roadmap!

Introducing Ninchanese's new open, public roadmap
We’d been thinking about becoming more transparent, more open, for a while now. Building a great Chinese learning tool with you, our learners has always been at the heart of how we’ve built and have been building Ninchanese. This is why we launched and successfully ran a Kickstarter campaign last summer and shared with you an initial post-Kickstarter roadmap. That’s also the reason behind the several others ways we set up for you to talk with us and tell what you want: the feedback center in the app, and more recently, the live chat, where you can openly ask us questions, express your desires and chat about specific topics… Thanks to this, we have gotten an amazing amount of ideas from you, our learners. We’re happy to now have taken a step further in being open and transparent with you by launching our very first roadmap!

What’s the public roadmap for?

The roadmap gives you a unique look into our next features. With this roadmap, you’ll always know what’s the latest we’re working on and what you’ll get to play with next. As a small team, it can be hard sometimes to commit to a firm ETA – you never know what’s going to happen when you’re a small startup, so we’ve let, you, our learners in the dark sometimes.

The Ninchanese public roadmap is a great way to:

  • explore what we have planned for the upcoming months,
  • discover the ideas we have of improvements and new features to add to Ninchanese,
  • see what we’re currently working on (some features take a while to get ready and it’s tough to give you a firm ETA — the board will let you know how that feature is going!)
  • and follow our progress. We’re a small team, but as you know we love what we do and we work hard to bring you everything we plan on bringing as soon as possible!

Where do you come in?

The public roadmap is, and that’s the most important part, a very simple and effective way for you to contribute to shaping Ninchanese. With this roadmap, you’ll be able to help us determine what our next development priorities should be, by telling you whether it excites you the most to see added to Ninchanese.

  • You can do so by voting on the ideas and planned features you like best and/or want the most, so we know what to focus on next. You have an unlimited number of votes, make sure you use them wisely 🙂
  • You can comment on each card, to tell us what ideas you have for the feature, to cheer us on, ….. or to tell us (nicely please) if you feel we’re completely off-track!

In short: with this roadmap, we’re hoping you’ll guide us to the highest priority features by voting and commenting on what you’re really needing next! Game? Here’s how to jump in.

How to get started

Trello is extremely easy to use once you’re acquainted with it but some of you may not have used Trello yet (if you’re looking for a cool list builder and simple project management tool, Trello is great). So here’s a little primer on how the public roadmap board works and how you can use Trello.

To get started with Trello and interact with our roadmap, you’ll need to start by creating a (free) account here (full disclosure, this is my invite people link so if you create your account through here, Trello will like me more and give me free stickers) or logging in. Once you have, you’ll be able to view the roadmap here, vote and comment away!

How the public roadmap is structured

Our Public roadmap is composed of several, straight-forward sections that correspond to the different stages of development of a new feature:

  • Ideas — improvements and short-term feature ideas that have been suggested by you/ our learners and by us
  • Planned Features — since the Kickstarter campaign, we’ve been working hard on bringing you the features so many of you pledged for, and there are still a few features left to implement. You”ll find them in the planned feature section
  • In progress (doing) — the features and content we’re currently working on. Once we finish beta-testing it in house, you’ ll see it move to the next section,
  • Shipped — features that have been released will appear in this category.

You are free and extremely welcome to vote and comment on all cards in the roadmap. To do so, just click on the card that interests you and vote or comment. Or do both!

If you like a feature in particular and want to be notified when it gets moved to a new section on the board or if someone (else) comments on it, you can choose to subscribe to a card. That way you’ll receive Trello notifications for that feature and will be sure not to miss anything!

Over to you!

View Ninchanese's public roadmap!

Having a public, open, roadmap is quite new to us. It’s an experiment we’re carrying out, with your help, and we hope it’ll be a success! Please jump in and let us know what you think! We’re looking forward to you joining us on the journey. As for us, we plan on actively using this board internally and we’ll do our pawsitive best to regularly update the roadmap, both in terms of advancement and in terms of new ideas.

Let’s continue building Ninchanese, in the open, with all of you alongside!

Sarah and

The Nincha Team

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