IS480 Team wiki: 2012T1 Shopaholic Learning Outcome
|Our Team||Project Overview||Project Management||Development||Learning Outcome||Documentation|
What we learnt
Aligning Business & IT requirements
We had to have a good idea of how people shop online, and organize spree. We manage to identify areas of the current spree model which could be improved, from speaking to spree organizers, and from personal experiences in joining and organizing sprees. After which, we analyzed those problems, and brainstormed to come up with suitable IT solutions that could be implemented to tackle those problems.
Managing project requirements
Although we could improve many aspects of the current spree-ing process areas with IT solutions, we are faced with the challange of having limited time to complete this project within the stipulated time frame giving for this IS480 project. Hence, after consulting with or supervisor, we learnt how to manage our project better, by prioritizing the more critical areas to tackle first, which would bring the most substantial benefits to the users.
Exploring new technologies
We would be developing our product using Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails is a pretty new programming language to most of us, so we would all need to spend some time and effort into mastering it from scratch. Also, in researching on the best IT solutions to implement to tackle the problems identified, we have explored many of the current technologies currently being used to do certain task. For example, we have adopted the Pinterest idea of extracting infomation from websites, and Amazon's Wishlist idea. We innovated,customized and integrated the 2 state-of-the-art technology to develop our core function of extracting product information from merchants site to improve the accuracy of capturing item details and the consolidation of the items into a wishlist for participants with ease..
We started this project with the intention of starting our own business at the end of the semester.
Throughout these few months, we picked up many valuable tips on how to conduct our user test to get valuable feedback we need in order to make our portal intuitive for users.
Also, our Mentor shared his experience with us, and gave us really useful advice on how to launch our portal.
With all the guidance we received, we really hope that the launch of D2T9 would be successful!
|Jasmine Chew||Zou Mei||Lau Shu Neng|
|Project Manager||Secretary||Business Development Executive|
It was tough trying to balance the schedule, and new ideas that pop out along the way.
Not having a mentor was rather tough in our decision making process.
Having experience in conducting and participating in Sprees gave me a good advantage in knowing the problem domain well.
|Ryan Lim Wen Rong||Ong Zhen Guang||Yong Qian Hwee|
Due to lack of experience in Spree, it was difficult to fully understand the needs of the spree organizer and spree participants.
As much as we hope to ease the workload of spree organizers and spree participants as much as possible, we are faced with legal limitations that we have to adhere to.
With help from our supervisor, and much research, i have learnt alot on the importance of designing the site to be easily usable by people.