Making Carbonite Currents: Behind the Scenes with Product Manager, Chris

by Lynnette Nolan | Jan 23, 2013

After working on the Currents project for months, my team and I are excited to finally launch the public beta! In yesterday’s post, Swami explained how Currents can change the way we work. Today, I wanted to give you a little flavor for how the project started and how the team operates:

Last year, we found ourselves asking these questions:

  • How do we adapt the Carbonite experience to a world where people now commonly work on multiple devices?
  • How are people moving their files between devices today? Do existing products meet their needs?
  • Beyond simply having access to their work, what else do people want to do with their files?

The original team consisted of just two developers. They quickly built a prototype that allowed us to test and validate the concept that would eventually become known as Currents - a single, unified view of your recent work across all of your devices. The Currents team continued to iterate on the product, releasing an update every two weeks that was tested and evaluated by a small group of outside users. Over time, we narrowed in on the scope of what we felt would be a compelling product that allowed users to seamlessly work across devices as well as share and collaborate with others.

The team, which now consists of developers, user researchers, visual designers, marketing folks and product managers all sit and work together in an open area designed to encourage collaboration and product development. Our walls are covered with user feedback scrawled on sticky notes so that it is clear to everyone what we are hearing, how people are using the product, and where we need to focus. The Currents beta that launched this week is the culmination of months of user research, testing and development and the team is very excited to get it into the hands of a wide audience.

We encourage you to go try out Currents (download it here) and let us know what you think by sending a note to ccfeedback@carbonite.com. There's a good chance your feedback will end up on a sticky note on our wall and influence the future of a rapidly evolving product.