The judging tool needed to be able to accept an Access initial import file of items to be judged. It needed to allow those products to be edited by administrators. Users would need to be set up and designated as administrators or judges. And, of course, the tool would need to calculate which items advanced through the rounds of judging based on logic outlined by AGTA. These feature requests and others were gathered over the phone and via email until BlueChannel had a clear picture of what we needed to do.
Our job was to get the concepts broken down into deliverable components and to keep things simple – from the tool itself to the development method. First, we created a features list and discussed it with our programmer, Mick, so all questions were answered. Timelines were discussed and clearly outlined. And then Mick jammed.
Large blocks of time were built into his workload and we insulated him from interruptions so by the time we took our first glance, the tool was nearly complete and bug free. Gotta love that!
As with most of our projects, we delivered the tool to the client via iterative launches. After performing quality assurance on client-provided tablets (they shipped them to us for testing), we did a few quick fixes before Alpha Launch. We provided AGTA the opportunity to use the tool just as their judges will. That simulation revealed a few remaining tweaks we needed to make.
Building time for review and feedback is essential to a smooth project development and delivery. We account for this in timelines.