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Slides and Application Link

View our final presentation slides here
View our SYMPLProj staging web application here

Project Progress Summary

Project Highlights

Events that have occurred since midterm:

  • List of major changes to be made from midterm and UAT3:
    • Added feedback function
    • Changed client to project one-to-one relationship to many-to-one relationship
    • Added one more user role: Designer
    • Updated administrator and designer's user access control
    • Enhanced application user interface based on UAT feedback
  • Conducted web experiment for Product module
  • User Feedback Session pushed back from Iter 14 to Iter 15
  • Product officially launched on 19 March 2015

Project Challenges

  • Steep learning curve for integration with Trello
  • High learning curve for integration with Microsoft Outlook
  • Technically challenging to generate documents to PDF format
  • High learning curve for switching choice of server from Amazon Web Services to DigitalOcean

Project Achievement

  • Successfully integrated seamlessly with Trello, a third party project management tool
  • Boldly accepted major changes to our initial scope to enhance user experience of the application and managed to complete the entire project scope except one unimportant feature (upload profile picture) and optional features


In a Nutshell

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View our project scope here

Project Management

Project Status

Below displays a list of task status after midterm:

Module Task/Features Status Confidence Level (0-1) Remark
User Account Management Export Accounts to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Project Create Feedback 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
View Feedback 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Export Project to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Hardware Export Hardware to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Quotation Export Quotation to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Invoice Export Invoice to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Contract Export Contract to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan
Sign-Off Export Sign-Off to CSV 100% implemented 1 Yixi & Li Dan


Project Schedule (Plan Vs Actual)

Along the way, team has made some changes to schedule due to various reasons such as schedule delays, new requirements from client and UAT feedback.

The table below displays the list of changes made to the schedule from midterm wiki onward (i.e. any change made to schedule that has been covered in midterm wiki will not be displayed in the following table).

Iteration Planned Actual Comments
13 UAT3 4 Mar 2015 16 Mar 2015 Pushed from before midterm to after midterm due to time constraint.
Change Client Account 25 Feb 2015 Misunderstanding of client assignment to a project. Had to change client-to-project relationship from one-to-one to many-to-one relationship.
Implement Notification Feature 25 Feb 2015 Decided to implement it as it would be useful for users. Furthermore, there's sufficient time in this iteration.
Update User Access Control 25 Feb 2015 Client decided to change the user access control for the role of administrator. Furthermore, there was an addition of a designer role, apart from the existing roles of administrator, project manager and client.
Implement Exception Error 25 Feb 2015 Client has requested for the errors 404 and 500 to be handled.
Browser Compatibility 25 Feb 2015 Application couldn't work on Safari browser.
Load Testing 25 Feb 2015 Load testing needed to be performed as team and client was concerned with the system performance.
Delete Records from Database 25 Feb 2015 Task removed Initial idea of deleting records from database came from the initial thought of implementing 'deactivation', whereby a row of data is deleted from the front-end but still kept in the database. However, since now 'deactivation' has been changed to 'delete' where the act of deleting will delete data from database, there is no need for a function to delete records from database anymore.
Explore Optional Features 25 Feb 2015 Task removed Team and stakeholders have agreed not to explore optional features as focus should be on primary, secondary and tertiary features. Remaining time should be better used on refining application instead.
Prepare Handover Documents 25 Feb 2015 17 Mar 2015 Decided to push back handover documentation preparation as team was still working on the application, thus no point in preparing handover documents when it's not time to handover yet.


View our current and past schedule timeline here

Project Metrics


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Iteration Planned No. of Days Actual No. of Days SM Score (%) Actions Taken
1 8 8 100 On track. Stuck to plan.
2 15 15 100 On track. Stuck to plan.
3 10 12 83 Stuck to plan for upcoming iteration as schedule was not affected by the delay because of sufficient buffer days. No need for adjustment of scope.
4 14 22 64 Dragged the iteration till completion of tasks. Adjusted the tasks required for the next two iterations due to shortage of time. Changed iterations 5 and 6 start and end dates in view of this iteration's delay.
5 9 10 90 Stuck to plan for upcoming iteration as schedule was not affected by the delay because of sufficient buffer days. No need for adjustment of scope.
6 6 6 100 On track. Stuck to plan.
7 11 11 100 On track. Stuck to plan.
8 15 16 94 On track. Stuck to plan.
9 10 11 91 On track. Stuck to plan.
10 16 19 84 Re-adjusted tasks by focusing on core functionalities. Removed supplementary task 'upload profile picture'. Shifted news feed task to after midterm.
11 15 18 83 Stuck to plan for upcoming iteration as schedule was not affected by the delay because of sufficient buffer days. No need for adjustment of scope. However, shifted product module to the next iteration as client delayed the product list submission.
12 13 15 87 Stuck to plan for upcoming iteration as schedule was not affected by the delay because of sufficient buffer days. No need for adjustment of scope.
13 18 19 95 On track. Stuck to plan.
14 12 12 100 On track. Stuck to plan.


Project Risks

View all our risks and mitigation plans here

Technical Complexity

S/N (highest complexity to lowest) Complexity Rating Technical Description Remarks
1 Insightiers Complexity3star.png Integrating the projects between application and Trello was extremely challenging. Affected our planned schedule and caused a huge delay in iteration 4.
2 Insightiers Complexity2star.png Adoption of Play framework took a lot of effort to research and understand the framework.
3 Insightiers Complexity1star.png Introduction of predecessor and successor of project tasks required a lot of logical thinking.

Quality of product

Intermediate Deliverables

Stage Specification Relevant Links
Project Management Meeting Minutes Meeting Minutes
Schedule and Bug Metrics Metrics
Analysis Use Case and Architecture Diagrams Diagrams,
Design ER Diagram ER Diagram
Prototypes Prototypes
Testing User Test Plan UAT1, UAT2, UAT3
Handover User Guide For users to refer to as a guide when using the application.
Codes Not for public disclosure.


Deployment

View our staging SYMPLProj application here
View our live SYMPLProj application here

View our deployment plan here
View our contingency plan here
View our updated contingency plan here
View our agreement form here

Please take note that there is user access control to various pages and functions. You may wish to find out more about the user access control table by downloading it here:
User Access Control Table for Our SYMPLProj Application

Testing

View our UAT1 for more details
View our UAT2 for more details
View our UAT3 for more details

Reflection

Team Reflection

  • Learnt new technologies
  • Learnt about liaising with real world client
  • Learnt to manage time well between FYP and other commitments
  • Learnt to be more flexible and open to changes and ideas
  • Learnt to joke around and stay positive even during tough times

Individual Reflection

Project Manager: Elaine

  • Learnt to adapt to members’ culture to communicate more effectively
  • Learnt that understanding and planning of technical tasks is not easy
  • Learnt to professionally manage and balance stakeholders’ interests without compromising team’s interest and schedule
  • It’s all about patience, understanding and being accommodating


Lead Designer: Li Dan

  • Learnt front end technologies
  • Learnt to define and implement innovative solutions for product visuals and user experience
  • Learnt to translate those solutions into intuitive and functional user interface
  • It’s about being adventurous, being creative and being bold


Lead Developer: Zheng Yixi

  • Learnt about Play framework and its usefulness to development
  • Learnt about considering all corner cases when integrating systems
  • Learnt about writing scalable codes leave room for future changes
  • It’s all about being logical, being logical and being logical


Business Analyst: Zhang Annan

  • Learnt to skillfully gather requirements from a real world client
  • Learnt to accurately translate business to technical requirements
  • It’s all about building relationship, communication and being comprehensive


System Analyst: Liu Yining

  • Learnt to be meticulous in formulating detailed test cases to ensure quality application
  • Learnt to conduct user tests and gather feedback to enhance usability of application
  • It’s all about being meticulous, hardworking and a fortune teller

Feedback

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