Product Update – August 2023

4 min read Sarah Flutey

We’re excited to share some new features and product updates that we’ve rolled out lately and what’s coming up next.

What’s new…

Speeding up task analysis in Treejack 🚤

Customer feedback and research have shown that users analyse results in Treejack in a task-by-task manner. To better support this way of working, we’ve updated Treejack results to ensure the success and directness of each task are easier to compare with the new Task overview tab in Results.  This new visualisation is available in Results > Overview> Task overview section in Optimal Workshop. This feature is currently in beta and available to a small group of customers. If you would like to join the beta, please email product@optimalworkshop.com and we’ll get you set up. 

Aggregate path views 

We have also introduced the aggregate paths view in the Paths tab (it used to only be visible via the compare tasks button). This allows users to more easily see what the popular paths are for each task and how much each successful path was used (or not). 

Over the next few months, we’ll continue working through our results tabs to update them to a task-by-task view and highlight insights at a task level. 

Improving the quality of participant recruitment

We’re continuing work to improve the quality of participants recruited in Optimal Workshop. Our latest release involves eliminating all participants that rush through a Treejack study.  We’ve analysed years of participants to get a good idea of what ‘rushing’ means, and we can now identify these ‘speeders’ and remove them from our participant pools. We have also removed the limit in-app for replacement participants across all study types, and released updates to immediately eliminate poor quality participants from custom orders. 

Help guide: How to replace study participants in-app

What’s next:

  • Identifying participants that rush through other tools and remove from participant pools.
  • Build more automated flagging and behaviours to eliminate other behaviours that indicate poor-quality participants.
  • Continued monitoring and analysis to ensure high participant quality.

Templates are here 🙌 

We are excited to announce our first six project templates are now available. Templates have been created with industry experts to give you the confidence to quickly launch studies and back your results to make data-driven decisions.   These ready-made templates give you a headstart on your research by providing you with the right range of study types and when to use them. 

Where will they live?

Templates are accessible in the app from the Dashboard > Browse Templates. From the ‘templates menu’ select a template that matches your use case for example ‘I need to organise content into categories’ and get going faster than before. You can edit and customise the templates to suit your research goals. 

More templates from our community

This is just the beginning of our template journey and while we continue to build up our collection we’d love your input too. If there are templates that you regularly use and think the community could benefit from we’d love to hear from you. Email us at product@optimalworkshop.com.

What’s coming up…

Optimal Academy 🎓

The Optimal Academy is due to launch in later this month.  The Academy will provide education that enables our customers to get started faster with our tools and elevate their knowledge of all things Information Architecture and UX. 

The first courses available will be a series of Optimal Workshop tool-based lessons, including best practice study setup analysis and recruitment.  You can expect to see more exclusive content and courses from industry experts and institutions on a diverse range of topics continuing to drop in 2023 and 2024.

Enterprise team features

We’re committed to making things easier for our team customers, particularly on the administration side of our product. Our product team have begun discovery on improving our administration features, and have had a lot of great customer feedback to help shape up the opportunities. We are aiming to make improvements to this area of the product later this year.