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Learnster

A platform that gives companies the opportunity to create/administer/share electronic and class courses

Solution:

Consumer Services Solutions Web part

Industry:

Education Services

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

weaknesses

  • The necessity to solve small problems throughout the project.
  • Implementing multiple solutions at the same time.

strengths

  • High demand for the proposed service.
  • High level of service customization.
  • Wide capabilities of the platform.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The client turned to Computools with the idea of creating a flexible learning platform to build customizable courses for staff training. They were focused on providing robust services to keep employees engaged and choose to stay in the company through continuous skills development in modern learning environments. The main requirement of the project was to build-in necessary features, such as: to vary the learning environments, to customize the education portal, to minimize internal misunderstandings, to integrate the platform with existing HR systems, to create and export custom reports.

The result of the collaboration was the Learnster educational platform, which is a complete implementation of the client’s idea, containing all the necessary options and capabilities. While working on the project, qualified Computools's experts made some significant changes, which improved the usability of the platform.

Outcome

The Learnster educational platform, created by Computools's engineers, provides great opportunities for consumers, as well as, high satisfaction and a convenient user journey. While working on the project, the company's experts applied their experience and skills to reduce time to market and ensure the stable operation of the platform at high loads. The introduction of a finished educational platform has allowed the client the increase in profits and consumer conversion.

Several key options we solved:
  • Implemented options for courses’ easy design and customization.
  • Added opportunity to integrate the platform with internal HR systems.
  • Built-in system to create and export reports based on individual data on each course or training and on each participant.

Digital Platform & Technology

The stack of technologies needed to complete the tasks was determined by the team based on the goals and needs of the project. The optimal solutions were identified, allowing to provide the necessary functionality and stable operation of the platform.

Communication Framework

Keeping in touch with the client while working on a project is crucial for successful collaboration. Therefore, at the very beginning, an optimal framework is created that allows the team and the client to quickly resolve emerging issues, provide reports and conduct remote meetings. For this project, Slack became that decision.

Communication:

Specification

A preliminary specification is created in parallel with the building of the prototype. In the future, it is supplemented by the necessary steps in the process of developing a finished platform.

Goal: to build the next generation learning platform.

Precondition
Design simple and complex training courses in a neat and user-friendly interface. Log in individually and from any device to the learning platform. Apply a personalized view with all courses and training collected.

Main Flow
Log in.
Choose one of the offered learning environments - everything from physical classrooms and e-learning to blended learning and distance learning.
Design training courses in the user-friendly interface.
Integrate the platform with most HR systems and standards in the market.
Customize the learning platform to your brand's conditions (or your customers' brand conditions).


Postconditions
Create, customize and export reports based on individual data on each course or training and on each participant.

TEAM

The company pays special attention to the selection of specialists in the team to work on the project. When choosing, take into account the necessary level of knowledge, expertise, skills.

BACKSTAGE

Maintaining efficiency and productivity is an important aspect of successful work on a project. We strive to create the most comfortable working conditions for each team member, we allow expressing their opinion or ideas.

Whiteboard meeting

Whiteboard meetings are a great way to continuously align everyone's efforts on the quest towards perfection and a very effective tool for visualizing progress and obstacles.

Team Brainstorming

Collective brainstorming is a very effective technique designed to let the best ideas come to reality. Each team member expresses his ideas, so the most brilliant of them are born.

Dev meetings

A special kind of meeting, it allows to take the collaborative process all the way to de-facto editing the code in parallel. This works especially well when our engineers engage with their client counterparts.

Internal Communication Flow

The internal communication ecosystem allows to efficiently complete tasks, maintain communication within the team, and quickly resolve issues. For this project, Trello and Jira project management platform were selected. This allowed the PM to monitor the progress of the project and the implementation of tasks, timely identify delays or emerging difficulties.

Project Management Methodology

A Kanban system is a work scheduling system that maximizes the productivity of a team by reducing idle time. The Kanban system relies on the continuous delivery of products that are geared towards meeting the expectations of clients. One benefit of practicing Kanban is that, if the client’s expectations are not being met, a team has multiple opportunities to give direction for course corrections during iterations.

Kanban is based on iterative work, or work that is done in small segments so as to reduce the amount of re-work should any changes occur. For this reason, customers of a team practicing Kanban can provide honest feedback and request changes during a particular iteration while preserving the timeline and keeping the budget in check.

PROJECT TIMELINE

01

Background

Defining goals
  • Identifying high-level project goals
Analysis & Exploration
  • Researching and analyzing the existing and ready-made solutions
  • Defining main restrictions and providing solutions for them
  • Identifying the main risks
02

Strategy

High-Level Architecture
  • Selecting basic architectural patterns and tools
  • Forming an application stack, work processes with VCS
  • Forming the main development guidelines
Interactive prototypes & Specification
  • Development of a prototype in parallel with specification
  • Choosing Project Management Methodology
Build Development Process
  • Calculating the number of project teams
  • Configuring the technological processes and interactions between roles
03

Implementation

Build The Team
  • Making the initial scope based on the specification and estimate, calculating the optimal number of specialists for each role
  • Adding executors to the team's core
  • Conducting an intro meeting
Development
  • Distribution and execution of project tasks
  • Integration of the necessary options
  • Secure system for additional data
Testing & Stabilization
  • Developing a testing plan
  • UI & Unit testing
  • Applying improvements
  • Code stabilization/refactoring, increasing system stability, reducing the probability of bug emergency

Design

The product architecture plays a key role in developing it from scratch and when working on an upgrade. Computools's integrated approach includes the development of the architecture for the project, which allows taking into account not only functional features but also their interaction.

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Implementation On Client’s Side

1.

launch

The launch of the platform was completed on time after all the necessary tests and checks.

2.

Transfer

The platform was migrated to the client’s servers taking into account all security requirements. Upon completion of the transfer, an additional check of the platform's performance was conducted.

3.

Education

Thanks to the developed design, the user's journey is simple and clear, which does not require additional tutorials and training materials.

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