A first impression is a lasting impression…
Whenever I start using a new data product, I put it through my own version of a data fitness test – I call it the FIT test (i.e. the First Impressions Test). My 3-part First Impressions Test can quickly tell me whether the Data Product likely has decent quality and is worth examining in depth.
While not part of my FIT test, step zero is retrieving the product and its documentation. A poor experience, such as having to access files from a problematic FTP location or documentation that is emailed separately from the product files, can be indicative of problems to come. The Pitney Bowes Software & Data Marketplace is a positive experience for me – the data products and their documentation are packaged nicely together. A challenging experience retrieving the files and unpacking them can be a red flag.
At this point I conduct my 3-part First Impressions Test:
Doing this 3-part First Impressions Test gives you a sense of the product and whether it's likely going to meet your needs. Its not exhaustive but its a quick and effective sanity check and can help you determine whether it is worth your time and effort to do a more thorough examination of the product.