YAGNI & KISS
Bookacamp is a software product for the (youth) travel industry and combines excellent knowledge of software development with professional knowledge of the requirements and processes of the travel industry. But there is always the question of which features and functionalities are required in which form in order to make the communication and administration of bookings / events as easy and quick as possible. Since Bookacamp was founded in 2015, we have been working very closely with product owners and pilot customers. That's nothing special - that's how agile software development works. The special thing is that the product owners are users and partners of Bookacamp themselves, i.e. the tour operators and travel agents whose requirements arise from day-to-day business. Bookacamp is very happy to receive this open input.
In order to keep an overview of all requirements, we use a ticket system. In the last 5 years, 1811 tickets have been created in this way, 94 of which are currently open in different sizes. Bookacamp uses two principles to decide which problem a ticket is going to be developed and for what there may be a different solution.
YAGNI - You Arent't Gonna Need It
Every feature and every problem solution has different characteristics and there are often dozens of ways to expand a feature. The tightrope act is to decide which functionalities will be used later and whether there is someone who needs a solution. Unless a requester exists, we often decide not to implement something at the current time and wait to see how usage develops.
KISS - Keep It Simple & Stupid
Some things are easier to do than others - but the general rule is that a simple and understandable solution is preferable to a complex and complicated one. This applies to decisions in software development as well as in the structure of user interfaces and processes.
Autor: Mathias Methner
Updates in July
June usually is a bit quieter, so major changes to processes and new features do not disturb the ongoing
season. A few minor things are still worth mentioning:
Automatic booking confirmation
To save more time for standard processes, bookings can now be automatically confirmed by the system. The
invoice is generated and sent as soon as a new registration arrives. The
new feature can be (de-)activated in the settings menu as required.
Minimal event registration
For free (information) events it can be useful to keep the hurdle for registration as low as
possible. This minimal registration only requires the name and e-mail of the applicant.
Hostel Summary / Accommodation Information
At the latest shortly before the trip, it is necessary to inform the hostel about the number of people arriving, times, information for the kitchen and bookable extras such as meeting rooms and disco. There are so-called hostel messages, with the help of which you can send all the information to a hostel at the push of a button. A particular strength of this notification is noticeable when the assignments of the counselors to the camps have been made in the system, because then all information is bundled together.
This feature is immediately activated for all users and can be accessed via the administration of the sessions. Is there a lack of easy mailings in your current system? You can start a non-binding demo directly on this page.
Autor: Mathias Methner
Updates of June
43 tickets have been closed and implemented since March. A selection of the most important innovations
Temporary VAT reduction
From july 1st to december 31, 2020, the federal government of Germany decided to cut 3% on the standard
tax rate and 2% on the reduced tax rate. What effects this has on the invoicing of the travel industry,
whose service period often does not correspond to the invoicing period, must now be clarified. Bookacamp
will make the adjustments to the software available before first of july.
RSS - Don't miss any news
Many mail programs and browsers have a feed reader to subscribe to news. Bookacamp's german blog now
delivers the newsfeed readable for feed readers. So you don't miss any more information.
Automatic synchronization between agency and organizer
In order to further minimize the coordination effort between the travel agent (agency) and the
organizer, the availability of the free spots can now be automatically synchronized in the background.
The current cycle is 1x on the hour.
Yes / No answers with consent
It happens, that information is important when booking. An example is the question of whether a child
can swim or can participate in certain sports. Consent has been expanded to request a decisive answer on
the last page of the booking process.
Various options per session
Among other things, it is possible to decide per session, whether information about the t-shirt size or
class level of the participant should be obtained. All in all, it is worth looking at the entire
Expert Mode tab when creating a session to get to know Bookacamp's high degree of