New homepage, site search and actions

Hey all, over this past weekend a bunch of new features have been added to Rollup Risk all designed to help you better manage and minimise risk.

Firstly we’ve added a new “my dashboard” as the homepage. This brings together all the things you own and that are in motion: risks, actions (more on this later!), and reviews along with some stats around this. Secondly, and accessible from this dashboard, we’ve added full site wide search to help you find things from across your organisation quickly and easily.

Finally you can now manage actions. Actions can be associated with just about any work item including reviews, risks, and projects to help you capture the general activities that need taking to keep projects healthy. They always then appear alongside the associated item but you can also get a view of your actions and, permissions allowing, all actions and they also appear in the new site wide search.

So what’s next? We’ve been looking at the onboarding of new organisations and need to spend some time smoothing out that process a little, and this will also include improvements for existing customers, and then hot on the heels of that is a new feature to help you understand your risk exposure from a time and people perspective.

As ever if you have any questions then please do get in touch.

End of beta period

Just a short note to let folk know that the beta period is now over. What does this mean?

  1. If you’ve been helping us during the beta period nothing changes for now, you’ll continue to have free access to the system.
  2. New sign ups start on the free 30 day trial, towards the end of the trial period you’ll start to see messages in the app reminding you that its coming to a close. If the trial period expires then we’ll deactivate your accounts and within 30 days delete any data you’ve stored with us.

So what’s next? We’ve got super exciting features coming around action plans and assets which we’ll be talking more about in the coming days.

Many thanks to everyone who has followed us on this journey so far and here’s to better risk management! And as ever if you have any questions then please do get in touch.

Branding and billing

Branding and billing

Following last week’s public launch its been super gratifying to find people signing up and starting to use the system. Thanks everyone for the support, feedback and interest.

Launch aside most of the work over the last week has been focused on getting the billing systems in place - I’m desperate to get back to improving the product but at the same time unless we can accept payment for it we’re not going to get far as a business. Fortunately this is mostly complete.

On the pricing side of things we’re using per user pricing - we bill monthly based on the maximum total number of users registered in that billing period. So if you sign up and add 5 users at the end of the monthly billing period we’ll bill you for 5 users. If you add 2 more users the next month we’ll bill you for 7 users at the end of that period. The aim is to be as transparent as possible with the pricing and the product - I really dislike pricing and products that are hidden behind contact forms and a sales pitch. That said if there’s anything you’d like information on then please do get in touch.

There’s also some fairly light touch branding work going on around the logo on this website and within the application. That they were different has been driving me crazy - things just didn’t quite come together in time for last week and I’m happy to have that resolved. I’ve tried to keep things subtle inside the app - the focus needs to be on your content not on our logo.

With this weeks update it feels like some important housekeeping is now out of the way and there are some great new features coming in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share them with you!

We have lift off!

We have lift off!

Getting to this point always takes longer than you think - its true when they say that the last 5% takes 95% of the time - however I’m happy to be able to launch Rollup Risk today and with that, I hope, a better approach to risk management for many organisations.

I’ve spent the last 28 years working in the software development industry and risk management is one of those things everyone knows is important and if you have regulatory commitments may even be compulsory and require you to maintain evidence. And it’s not something specific to software businesses - through building systems for people I’ve been involved in lots of different vertical markets and economic sectors and risk management is common to them all and runs right across a business. Doing it well can be the difference between success and failure.

What I’ve also found to be common is the use of spreadsheets for managing risk. I love spreadsheets - they are incredibly useful and a great way to get started doing all kinds of things. I often think of them as “programming for non-programmers” - business experts can build solutions for their domain. But, and you knew there was a but coming right?, they rapidly get out of hand and start to creak at the seams and without a lot of work have no real audit trail. And if you need to collate data from across an organisation to present to a Board or management team that can mean a lot of repetitive manual work each month.

I’ve found this super frustrating - after all managing risk is one of the best ways of heading off issues. Issue management solutions are common and most software development teams will have them but, in my experience, not risk management solutions.

I’ve also found it helpful to be able to triangulate capability with risk - if you know where your strengths and weaknesses are you can look for alignment, or misalignment, with your risks and issues and put in place appropriate improvement plans.

Rollup Risk was built to address these things and in a way that would scale alongside related tools such as Trello, Jira, and GitHub with transparent per user based pricing and easy onboarding.

We’ve got lots more planned and we hope you’ll join us on a road to better risk management.

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