Is There Nothing Else?

As if the group project weekend wasn’t enough fun, now was time for another one.

This time we are working for a client. A real one, not even pretend. A non-profit agency in Dripping Springs (right outside of Austin), is in need of an internal web app for their administrators, staff, and volunteers. We split into team of two for this assignment as well, so that the client would have more than just one design to choose from.

To figure out what the essential functions of the app were we met with one of the staff members at The Iron Yard. In the essence of time, let me list out what the client required in the app:

  • Dashboard page
  • Profile page
  • Schedule page
  • Printable schedule page
  • Time off-request page
  • Admin. approval request page
  • Edits for profile page
  • New appointment edit page

(multiple sizes are also needed, as the app needs to be responsive)

Now that we had everything they needed, it was time to ask them general questions so we could start thinking about possible directions our designs could go. What the environment is like on a day by day basis, words that describe the agency, and other logistical questions were just some of the things we asked.

And then there were the class requirements for this project. Like before, in the interest of time:

  • Sketches for each client requirement
  • Stile Tiles
  • Wireframes (all sizes all pages)
  • Mock Ups (all sizes all pages)
  • Web responsive style guide

At this point, the feeling of being overwhelmed creeped in upon me. Maybe my partner too.

Is there nothing else?

I found myself wondering, sarcastically, if anything had been left out. I just needed to breath, trust the abilities of myself and my partner, and get to work.

We started with a Trello board and created the user stories in the backlog. We then assigned points to them based on the amount of time we believed each one would take. Immediately I began to feel better. Seeing the process mapped out not only put nerves at ease, but we felt a small since of accomplishment.

That board, and the agile process, was a saving grace. It allowed us not only the ability to map out the process, but to assign the work between the two of us. Beginning with that process, and trusting it, was a huge reason we were able to complete the project on time and satisfactorily.

The client will decide next week which team has the design they wish to move forward with. My fingers are crossed, but in any event I am happy with what was accomplished.

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