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Portfolio

I've been a designer, engineer, and product manager in one fashion or another for over 15 years.  This is a sampling of the projects I've worked on over the years.

Alight Planning


Company: Alight redefines how companies plan by setting standards and best practices embodied in planning software.

Solution: Substantially improved the information architecture and simplified user administration of security policies.

Timeline: Aug 2008 - Dec 2008



Introduction

Budgeting and reporting are fundamental to pushing responsibility to line managers and facilitating collaboration; however, existing tools fail to provide clear, easy two-way communication between executive vision, budgeting processes and responsible line-managers.

Methods Used

  • Team management
  • SSNiF identification. This process was developed by Philip Haine to help focus designs by forcing every feature to be explained with a stakeholder and situation that informs the need (Stakeholder, Situation, Need, Feature). Ultimately, the needs become the primary focus of the design.
  • Heuristic analysis
  • Wireframes
  • Cognitive walkthroughs

Results

  • Innovative widget design that simplifies complex, but critical workflows
  • Easier and more flexible administration
  • More consistent product experience

Conclusions

The team at Alight Planning was very optimistic about the designed solutions. However, a shift in the company focus left the solution on the shelf awaiting development resources. Because the final results of the project were never released, Iā€™m unable to share the details of this design.