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Delivering Office 365 Applications on Short Deadlines (Case Study)

In this case study presentation, Shadeed Eleazer walks through the key details of successfully delivering a staff voting application leveraging Office 365 within 48 hours of design and development time window. Requirements gathering, usability, end user testing considerations are provided in this session.

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Delivering Office 365 Applications on Short Deadlines (Case Study)

  1. 1. Delivering Office 365 Applications ON SHORT DEADLINES SHADEED ELEAZER
  2. 2. What We Will Cover  How to effectively gather requirements with short deadlines in mind  How to quickly decide on development/design/configuration approach  A proven approach to iterative testing and change request within the 72 hour window of application building  How to set up ad hoc testing groups and test scenario suggestions to ensure applications are properly functioning
  3. 3. Requirements in a Time Crunch  What if requirements change at the last minute?  How do you avoid scope creep?  How do you determine which approach to utilize in short period of time?
  4. 4. The Requirements..(The Mission)  System shall allow 1 vote per user  System shall provide pdf of candidate requirements  System shall allow online voting  System shall provide candidate bio information within given section  Users cannot see additional votes  The “ENTIRE” staff needs to access the site and vote  Vice President needs to access voting information at all times
  5. 5. Maximizing the Whiteboard  “If it doesn’t make sense on a Whiteboard…..”  Group sessions as often as possible during design and development process  Get sign-off on the Whiteboard  Take picture of all Whiteboarding sessions. Record if possible  Expect changes to be made. Adopt an iterative mindset
  6. 6. The Approach  How can this application be built with the required features in the least amount of time? (Minimum Viable Project)  How can we keep the design clean and minimalistic?  How can we “hit the bulls-eye” and keep management satisfied?  How do we “educate” an organization new to SharePoint Online?  InfoPath, SharePoint Survey List, Excel Survey, or 3rd Party App?
  7. 7. Design and Usability
  8. 8. Design and Usability  Focus on uniform look and feel to present content  Remove standard SharePoint lists and libraries from homepage  Minimize usage of the Quick Launch bar  Create buttons and use throughout the site layout  Which pages will open in a new tab vs. same browser session  URL redirects
  9. 9. Testing
  10. 10. Adoption  51 employees submitted their vote  Usability of the Staff Voting Poll provided minimal user error  Biggest issue: Logging in with new accounts (less than 4 reported)
  11. 11. Version 2.0  What could we have done better?
  12. 12. Final Thoughts  Collaborate and agree upon requirements  Expect changes. Be flexible  Determine a testing team upfront  Do not build the 8th wonder of the world. Seek for MVP  Determine team to support application during and after launch

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In this case study presentation, Shadeed Eleazer walks through the key details of successfully delivering a staff voting application leveraging Office 365 within 48 hours of design and development time window. Requirements gathering, usability, end user testing considerations are provided in this session.

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