The Innovation Quest

The Rallyhood Development team released version 4.1 of our social collaboration platform a couple weeks ago. Among the many enhancements to the product in this release was making the user experience on mobile devices more intuitive and easier to navigate than ever.

It was another reminder that there is no down time when it comes to being innovative. Vince Lombardi once said, “Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don’t do things right once in a while…you do them right all the time.” The same is true of software innovation, especially in a startup. It’s an all the time thing.

Years ago, software development was a very different animal. It took many months – even years – to release an update to the customer base. Months would be spent writing code, doing QA, rewriting code and then putting it into beta environments. The cycle was so long that by the time the product was ready, the needs of the end customer had often changed.

Not so in today’s agile development environment. Teams are able to rapidly develop new software features and respond to the needs of the marketplace as those needs arise. Rallyhood’s Dev team epitomizes this responsiveness, constantly gathering feedback from our customers and their end users to improve the product and make it the best possible. And though never expected, it’s gratifying to be recognized by your peers in the industry for technology innovation as Rallyhood recently was at GetWellNetwork’s GetWell Labs and with Seton’s Healthcare Innovation Award.

Real innovation requires the kind of mindset that good enough just won’t cut it. This is true not just from Dev but from the entire team – Product, Sales, Marketing and Ops. Our goal is to make sure that our customers and users have the best experience possible and while it’s not always easy, the quest is unwavering.