* research project in progress*
Project Management Tools to Support Agile Methods in the Workplace
Designing the user interface and user experience to support the interactions of cross functional agile teams
Research Question and Subquestions
How can the design of a project management tool support multifaceted interactions through the interface within cross functioning teams to track project workflow in an agile workplace environment?
• How can a project management tool support distinct work situations simultaneously?
• How can a project management tool scale the representation of/ time by expanding and contracting specific moments throughout a team project?
• How can a project management user interface reflect an accurate depiction of the version history of a project?
The idea of conceptual frameworks is to draw boundaries around an investigation, identifying what is and is not a part of the study. Therefore by defining a specific set of ideas that can be used within a larger system, I try to conceptualize five different parts that create a flexible mechanism of control. The intention of the system is to enable companies to quickly adapt to the changing environment and empower the people to make effective changes (Conboy, Lang, & Kohan, 2010).
Beginning with the idea of a project management tool that impacts how the user interface can affect productivity through observation and experimentation in three different ways: transparency, adaption, and inspection. The three different outputs are zoomed in moments in the big picture. Transparency focuses on snapshot moments in a project. For example, different profile views and personal burndowns would be represented in this section. Adaption encompasses the expanding and collapsing time and how specific moments can be represented in a timeline of a project, for example the project timeline, agile ceremonies, and contributor tasks. Inspection looks into version history and the documentation of changing circumstances such as project files and notes from meetings. All three of these outputs are integrated within each other and also make up a majority of the bottom part of the framework, which encompasses the activity roles within the conceptual framework.
The idea of the investigation framework is to help to correlate evidence and intelligence to help investigation more effectively, therefore, it can visually interpret resources and how they will be used. The investigation matrix framework explores the relationship between accountability and interaction. While accountability and interaction work parallel in the agile method, they are different. Accountability is about responsibility and interaction is about the involvement of something. During my research and construction of the investigation matrix, I found two different ways to communicate my investigation. The investigation framework matrix explores how profiles, versions, and moments are depicted and work together to form a flexible product outcome.
The more fluid process depicts the matrix as the agile process would interpret it as a cycle of doing. Here I am trying to explain that in my investigation, the foundation of the objective is made up of the interaction and accountability that is supported throughout a project. Each of these traits are received in different formats as particular user groups, versions, and captured moments in time and formalize the outcome.