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A case study of the Atlassian OpenSocial Dashboards project I presented at UXAustralia on 27 August 2009.

A case study of the Atlassian OpenSocial Dashboards project I presented at UXAustralia on 27 August 2009.

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Improving Dashboards with open content sharing Improving Dashboards with open content sharing Presentation Transcript

  • Improving Dashboards with open content sharing @lachlanhardy
  • Set the scene
  • set the scene What is a dashboard?
  • set the scene A dashboard provides contextual access to commonly used tools in a software program
  • set the scene What is open content sharing?
  • set the scene Choosing information from an application that you want displayed in a different application
  • set the scene “I want to display a selection of all Flickr images tagged with ‘whippet’ on my blog”
  • ATLASSIAN
  • atlassian We build collaboration and development tools
  • atlassian JIRA - an issue tracker
  • atlassian Confluence - a wiki
  • atlassian Code repository browser Code review tool Continuous Integration server
  • atlassian Code repository browser Code review tool Continuous Integration server
  • atlassian Code repository browser Code review tool Continuous Integration server
  • The problem
  • the problem “How can our users share information between Atlassian apps more easily?”
  • the problem Dashboard elements are hard to build
  • the problem Dashboard elements only work in their native app
  • the problem Arranging dashboard elements is awkward and unwieldy
  • the problem It’s ugly
  • Finding the solution
  • finding the solution Competitive analysis
  • finding the solution “Is our own common format feasible?”
  • finding the solution Comparative analysis
  • OpenSocial
  • OpenSocial It’s an open source project
  • OpenSocial Used by iGoogle, LinkedIn, Yahoo, Gmail...
  • OpenSocial It solved all our problems, if...
  • OpenSocial It solved all our problems, if...
  • OpenSocial It could work for enterprise
  • OpenSocial It could work behind the firewall
  • Building the solution
  • building the solution Assigned a team of developers and me
  • building the solution Assigned a team of developers and me
  • building the solution Agile process
  • building the solution Static HTML & CSS mockups
  • building the solution Project lead and I did lots of rapid design iterations
  • building the solution As it evolved more, we added JavaScript functionality
  • building the solution You could drag and drop boxes, but there was no real content
  • building the solution Moved mockups into the app
  • building the solution 6 months of iterative development
  • building the solution 4 months ago we put it into JIRA
  • building the solution Integration testing, bug fixes, browser compatibility work
  • building the solution We’ve been releasing public betas of JIRA 4 since June
  • building the solution Final release next month
  • Did we win?
  • did we win? Dashboard elements are easier to build
  • did we win? Dashboard elements conform to common format and can be used in any compliant application
  • did we win? Much better user experience
  • did we win? Drag and drop
  • did we win? Colour coding
  • did we win? Always configurable
  • did we win? It’s not ugly any more
  • I declare victory!
  • want the real thing? http://jira.atlassian.com http://atlassian.com/opensocial/videos.jsp
  • contact me http://lachstock.com.au/
  • Thank you
  • Flickr CC pimpin’ http://www.flickr.com/photos/77437968@N00/2613067200/