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Agilewords June release (screencast)

  • By Fabrice Talbot
  • June 18, 2010
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Undertaking a re-design project is a complex process but it can (should) be a fun and gratifying one for everyone involved. Well, that’s what we learned with the building of our new Agilewords dashboard.

We wanted to simplify the navigation and articulate the dashboard around a few master pages. It took us quite some time to figure out a simple and effective design that would cover all our agile business requirements.

Here’s a screencast that shows the end result.

You will notice a few key changes compared to the previous dashboard:

  • The dashboard header provides instant access to your profile and a navigation menu that gives instant access to key pages-documents, messages, and collaborators.
  • The ‘Documents’ page lists users’ workspaces; navigation in and out of a workspace is easier.
  • The ‘Messages’ page is similar to an activity feed; it shows all messages that have been posted on documents in review; new messages are highlighted and it’s also possible to filter messages by documents or date posted.
  • The ‘Collaborators’ page is for admin purposes; there you can find all collaborators on this account, their status, the last time they logged on, and the workspaces they can access; filters make it easy to see collaborators for a specific workspace.

We also standardized the look and feel of the pages by using a pre-defined set of UI elements (buttons, drop-down list, and row elements). Last and not least, we introduced a right-pane that provides contextual information to users (documents recently viewed, and upcoming deadlines).

As usual, we’re very interested to hear your feedback. Please drop us a note to let us know what you think!

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