How an App gets built! Truly. A 2015 year in review with myplayXplay.
As we start December and near the end to 2015 we take note of what has been achieved by myplayXplay in the sports space. In all sport as a matter of fact. We first set out to innovate for coaches around Hockey. We are now at World Cup qualifying teams for Rugby, test nation Cricket as well as Stanley Cup contenders in the NHL and in training session for NFL teams . Wow. Cool only partially describes it. And ... a highlight this year ... we have taken the pedagogical concepts of video break-down on iPads to new markets in Surgical OR. This holds enormous promise as we endeavour to help train better surgeons. Video, contextualized, is that powerful.
We are always quick to showcase myplayXplay's ease of use and zero day training philosophy. (listen here at Ireland's TodayFM "53:00 minutes as one rugby player describes using our product during RWC2015) But what happens under the hood of our app, and in the background, to get to that ease of use where our coaches and players can simply tap to mark an event/clip in order to breakdown video Live is anything but easy.
On a daily basis we visit, install, demonstrate, get on calls, GOTO meetings, Citrix sessions and Google+ hangouts, while all these activities occur we press forward with no real ability to quantify the effort that is being made. Which is to say we never truly know the outcomes. But we put our best effort into all of it because we believe we are the best way forward in a video solution. Driven by this belief because we have already been selected by high calibre teams, coaches and staff as mentioned, globally. We get on planes, trains as well as into Uber and Hailo taxis. We deploy and demo Live in game, make efforts to re-style coach methods in training sessions, we climb gantries in high winds, we freeze because we went from one account in one country in hot weather to another in sub zero temperatures and we didn't pack properly. Sometimes, we take a near hit on sideline from a player (it happened :) as we take notes on feature requests. We jot down bugs, we respond with quick prototype app builds. Bespoke features are welcomed and put into ordered lists for implementation. We watch Apple release schedules which are always challenging! And as new devices and hardware appears in market we are testing continually and ongoing. New IP network challenges and engaging IT groups in large venues can be easy and hard. We troubleshoot the video feeds from OB truck at times right up to first whistle! Of course, lets not forget that we also stay the course with daily stand-ups, review meetings, bug report rundowns, QA testing and all that great white-boarding on figuring out how best a new feature will get put in or how the logic on the server will drive a result in App.
We are saddened when our product is highlighted on broadcast television but the other guys get the credit. But we never get dissuaded from the higher goal and we push on. We have challenged the status quo on what is possible over IP networks. We interact with so many bright and intelligent people, coaches, players, and we have even met presidents! We take their criticism constructively, welcomingly, sometimes frustratingly, mostly with a smile and a legitimate thank you.
But always ... when we hand the iPad to a head coach, a player or analyst or see some of the best coaches and players in the world using us in game on broadcast TV and their first response is a smile we know we have the right way forward for the game, any game.
I thank my team, current and those who have moved on, for their efforts in making an innovative thought into an innovative product. What we see in use on the front end in App is the result of a massive amount of creativity, intelligence and brilliance on the development end.
This is how you develop an App. In the field, with the customer, hearing them first hand what they want and how they want it. At least it is with our App. And we are proving it at least every weekend.
While I might be a few weeks early .. Success and achievements to all in 2016.