IS480 Team wiki: 2012T2 box.us Final
|HOME||PROJECT OVERVIEW||PROJECT MANAGEMENT||DOCUMENTATION|
- 1 Project Progress Summary
- 2 Project Management
- 3 Quality of product
- 4 Reflection
Final Presentation Slides: coming soon
Deployed Site: Empact ACT
Demonstration Site: Empact ACT(Staging)
Initial Proposal: Proposal
What Is This Project About?
Check out our 1 min ++ video pitch to find out what this project is about at Youtube
Managing the Great Amount of Issues being Highlighted during Deployment
Volunteers did not find language in the system friendly
Addition of 2 functionalities
Gathering Requirements from Empact
How we Managed
Dealing with Changes
Project Schedule (Plan Vs Actual):
- Bug Score: Bug Metric on Google Docs
- Bug Log: Bug Log on Google Docs
- Explanation of Bug Tracking: Bug Metrics
|Iteration||Bug Score||Any Actions Taken|
Increase in Bug Score due to bugs that were recorded from User Testing 2
New features of the system(Statistics, Dashboard and Notifications) were being released
More thorough testing was being performed for the UAT
- Schedule: Schedule on Google Docs
Take a look at our Handing Over Plan: Handing Over Plan on Google Docs
We followed a methodical process to get the handing over completed. Our handing over plan spelt out the key information for the team and Empact to foresee and plan what would be happening in the final few iterations as we covered the remaining parts of the project. The entire phase consists of:
- Deployment Testing
- User Acceptance Testing
- Technical Understudy
We release 4 versions of the system on the live environment before going entering the User Acceptance Test. Our purpose for deployment testing was to determine what are the issues that would arise from using the application in the actual conditions in varied browsers and system settings. Additionally, we also collected suggestions from the users in order to make further improvements to the application. In deploying the application, we followed the following process:
User Acceptance Test
We conducted our User Acceptance Test on 05/04/2013 at the Empact office. A final verification was made concerning all the issues and defects that were being raised during the UAT. The final verification of all the functionalities were done on the following week at 12/04/2013.
- Instructions Scripts:We conducted the UAT by going through the business processes that the system would address and followed by the remaining functionalities. This also helps Empact to better visualize how the system has met their business requirements.
- Test Cases: We simulated 3 stakeholders in doing up the test cases.
- Test Cases (5 April 2013):
- Test Cases (12 April 2013):
- Scenario-based Instructions and Exceptional cases
- Note: BA refers to the facilitators in the UAT test
- All defects are highlighted onto a separate issue list.
- The list is collated and sent to Empact to prioritise based on issues.
- Bugs are fixed immediately
Issues are recorded in a separate issue list on Google Docs
- We conducted a technical understudy with Empact's technical understudy (Sophie) and our client (Peter Yang)
- Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan on Google Docs
|Session 1||Session 2|
|29 Mar 2013, 1600hrs-1800hrs||12 Apr 2013, 1930hrs-2145hrs|
Handing Over Day
|Project Management||Minutes||Meeting Minutes|
|Metrics||Bug metrics, Schedule|
|Iteration Reports||Iteration Reports|
|Issue Tracking||Issues List|
|Requirements||Paper Prototypes||Paper Prototypes|
|Analysis||Use case||Use Case Diagram|
|Business Process Diagram||Process Diagrams|
|Screen Shots||All Screenshots|
|System Architecture||System Architecture Diagram|
|Usability Testing||User Testing 1 Test Plans||Test Plans used|
|User Testing 2 Test Plans||Test Plans used|
|Heuristic Evaluation User Scenarios||User Scenarios used|
|Software Testing||Integration Testing||Integration Testings|
|Deployment Testing||Deployment Testing|
|Design and Technical Specifications|
User Testing 2
We conducted our 2nd user testing to try out our newly added features and at to see how users would respond to them.
|User Testing||Integration Testing||Deployment Testing|
|Objective: To collect feedback concerning usability of our application||Objective: To test the quality of our application||Objective: To collect feedback when application is being used in live environments|
|When: User Testing 1, User Testing 2||When: At the end of every iteration||When: Before the start of every deployment|
|How: Volunteers, NPOs and Empact staff would follow a given User Test cases||How: Following the integration test plan. Perform regression testing of all the functionalities||How: Following the integration test plan.|
- Managing client expectations
- Learning to collaborate more effectively in a team
- Leveraging one another's strength and weaknesses
- Being a good team player within the team
- Learning to have fun as a team!
- Our IS modules have helped to prepare us for the demands of an IT project
As I review through my initial learning outcomes that I set out to learn, I felt that I have managed to meet these outcomes in the following way:
- Motivating IT Project teams: Bringing together people from different walks of life together to work on an IT project has sharpened my skills in handling with people and being more cognisant of people management issues and how to deal with group cultures and team norms
- Evaluating IT project ideas: FYP has taught me how to be aware of what are the current issues facing IT projects. It has taught me how to evaluate these and adopt a T-model by being able to think about what are the broad issues that are going to affect IT decisions and what are the deep issues that are specific to the issue being raised.
- Time Management Skills: FYP has taught me to be aware of the time that I spend managing the team, managing my own workload within the team and juggling my workload with my other modules that I was taking in school.
- Client Negotiation skills: I was able to apply the negotiation skills that I learnt from a module to achieve integrative outcomes for the client and the team, and what are the tactics that are readily available to deal with such situations.
- Applied Project Management Skills: The FYP experience has been an extension of what I have learnt in Software Engineering and I was able to refine my skills in scope management, schedule management and further extend the practicality of metrics being used within a project.
I started with a very simple learning outcomes - to learn life skills that were above and beyond exams/textbook as well as to apply what my education in SMU has taught me so far.
In my opinion, i have achieved that. However, the most valuable lesson for me was learning to deal with changes. In SMU, all our projects has a clear defined scope that stays constant from beginning till the end. But through this FYP, changes was probably the only constant (on top of dedicated team mates who were always there to go through each storm). Managing never ending changes was certainly not just about a "can or cannot" mindset. It really required me to understand the fundamental reasoning behind the changes requested and understanding it from a business view point.
With regards to my education, in a bigger picture, I have been able to apply the following
- Understanding and improving business processes: i was able to leverage on the knowledge I've acquired in Process Modelling and Solution Blueprinting (PMSB) to help out in understanding the business process of our client. In addition, I was able to give opinions on how the process could be more efficient.
- Understanding how IT and business value - As I had just completed Advanced Information Systems Management (AISM) I was able to apply the concepts of how IT can be an enabler and contribute in adding business value to an organisation.
- Presentation skills - In Management Communication (MC) we were taught how clear communication is essential be it verbal or presentation. I was able to apply skills I learnt from that module when communicating with clients, team mates or presentation.
As this FYP is coming to an end, these are the few learning points that i am taking it away:
- Time managment : Time management is very important as usually FYP work takes up a bulk of my time. Hence, it is very important for me to plan my time well for my other activities and my studies.
- Usability learning journey : My usability learning journey is interesting and exciting as i get to know more knowledge on usability through Interaction Design and Prototyping. It is definitely a good module to take as it complements very well with FYP.
At the start, I envisioned that IS480 is a platform that will validate my IS education and sum up my journey as an IS student. Boy! I got more than what I expected and was overwhelmed by the entire journey. IS480 does not only validate my IS education; it has shown me that what I have learnt in school is just a mere reflection of what the ‘real’ world is expected from an IS business enabler. In school, we often complain and whine about the ambiguity of project/assignment requirements and the number of changes our professors/instructors love to put us through. During this project, we encountered changes from the start until the end of the project. Each change comes with its own challenges and complexity and often, it derailed us from our original plan and required some rework. I have learnt to be more appreciative of what my school has prepared and put me through. Yeow Leong has always emphasized on “Managing your client” and I finally understood why he tries to push this point across badly in classes. From this project, I have several takeaways:
- Never stop learning: Initially, I thought I had the necessary skills and knowledge to handle this project. Instead, this project has given me a wakeup call. Every stage of this project, there are many challenges that were beyond my current capabilities and require me to push myself to learn more in order to meet our client’s requirements.
- Understanding business requirements: In any project, it is important to understand and clarify all the project requirements from your client and translate the solution properly in terms which the client can understand. At times, there were some misunderstanding about requirements and often led to disagreements and compromises. When communicating with clients, it is important to understand their needs and their understanding of their requirements. Often, clients do not know what they really want but they will know what they don’t want. Hence, it is important to ask the right questions and uncover all ambiguity.
- Team Dynamics: Team dynamics is the key to the success of this project and knowing my teammates is the best way to cultivate team dynamics. It is much easier to work and communicate with others once you get to know them personally and their working patterns. In addition, it will also result in lesser instance of conflict during project.
I think the IS480 project is a great experience for me as it is my first time implementing such a big solution in a team. Other than technical skills, I’ve seen how an organization like Empact progress together with the project, it seems like both the sponsor and the team work closely together to achieve goals for both parties.
I find that this is a great collaboration as both the sponsor and us are sharing knowledge with each other, after this project, I get to know more about how a social enterprise operates and also, the sponsor Peter did feedback that he learnt a lot of technical knowledge through the project.
I am also able to apply subjects that we‘ve learnt during curriculum put in use, such as project and process management and also see how case studies issues being showcase in real scenarios.
As FYP as come to the end, I didnt expect to have learn so much by now. Initially I was expecting to learn more and hone my technical skills, and to learn to take on a big project in a bigger group. Not only did I achieved what I was set out for, but I'm able to see clearly how applicable IS480 is in the real world and how I can apply what I've learnt in school to this project. My other takeaways will be: managing expectations of the clients, taking feedback for usability improvements, setting priorities, and time management. Through this FYP period, I've also see the importance of managing client relationship and to educate them on their needs and wants, and also what actually can be done so they can understand better. Last but not least, I'm able to experience the full SDLC of a project and it will be greatly useful for future real-life projects.
Sometimes, the client writes a report to feedback on the system; this sponsor report can be included or linked from here.