Building software that people love to use is often more about the attention to detail on the small features than the “flashy” big features. I am the first to admit that the “flashy” features can have a lot of sway in a prospective demo…but they are not the key to the long term happiness of the camp administrator and parent. Rather, long term happiness is won in the trenches of the small features – the small ways in which those bigger features work and the thoughtful, less obvious features that make a difference in someone’s day.
We can all agree on the big module needs of camp software and we can probably agree on the general functionality of those big modules. But, how one gets there, the attention to detail, the analysis of how one uses the system, the understanding of the work flow and how the software interplays with that flow…this is where great software that people love to use is built.
Small features and nuances matter. They impact the parent experience greatly – how we present registration choices, how we display what has been selected already, how we indicate mandatory fields…all good examples of a fine line between frustration and pleasure, depending on seemingly small decisions made along the way. You know first-hand that small features make a huge difference in your daily routine. The ability to save time, communicate more effectively with parents, generate more meaningful information from the system…these all live in the nuances of small software features.
In my last post, I discussed one of those fancier features, discounts. I love to discuss those big additions and I was just about to talk about the next big one in this post because that’s what everyone likes to hear about, right? I have done this long enough to know that you care about those small, fun nuances just as much as we do! So, with that, allow me to focus on some of those smaller features in our 2014.08 (Aug 2014) release:
There were many other small new features in the August release and you can see the full details in the release notes (in the Members’Portal).
I hope you find these smaller enhancements helpful and allow your inner “geekness” to enjoy the intricacies of software development!
I will be back shortly, discussing our next big module release – the new camper medical management piece arrives on your browser in a week.