The Apphaus design team, currently known as SAP d.studio, was asked to join a 6-day hackathon to reimagine the experience of SAP’s current HR solution offering. Employee Central aka Project EC is a conceptual project empowering employees and managers to make efficient and effective career, team and project decisions.
Project EC strives to provide managers with an “at-a-glance” and “detailed” view of their team, so they can access the right information to empower them to make the right decisions all from one comprehensive dashboard. Employees can enter or consume information about a position, skills (both current and desired), get recognition, and keep the team abreast of their schedule changes – all from one location.
After talking to our customers, three key areas were recognized as gaps: user experience, functionality, and IT integration. The whole employee central experience needed a makeover.
A brief look into our 6-day Hackathon
Apphaus Palo Alto, SuccessFactors South SF | 18 makers
Day 1: We collaborated with SuccessFactors designers, project managers, development and sales folks to examine the competitive landscape and get a lay of the land.
Day 2: Our high-level goal that drove the concept was using data to encourage meaningful action. We leveraged the data visualization concept from previous projects to surface the right amount of information or the right action at the right time. After defining the high-level goal (cover identified gaps), 2 key personas (manager and employee), and use cases (business scenario), we defined the golden path. At the same time, the developers joined the troop and provided critical feasibility input.
Day 3: We validated the story with the product team and continued to iterate the golden path with each subsequent round of testing. In parallel, the development team created a plan of turning our wireframes/visuals into working prototypes with back-end integration.
Day 4: Developers and designers hit the implementation peak and moved into high gear and continued to push deep into the night. We tackled front-end, back-end, responsive, as well as LinkedIn integration.
Day 5: As we continued to churn out the code, red and yellow flags were identified and a risk mitigation plan started. In parallel, we refined the flow with tones and emotions to resonate with the established experience.
Day 6: The team worked around the clock for to provide our customer with a demo. We ended the cycle with celebration and sleep.