NearForm began with a three-day onsite workshop that included a series of focused exercises. These exercises were either visual, task or step oriented, an approach that helped the Datumize team appreciate that everyone thinks differently.
The workshop format enabled the complete team to move rapidly through the core set of activities, including user-centred design canvas, user flows and competitor analysis. The team captured ideas, had discussions and made decisions collectively, guided by the expertise and knowledge NearForm brought to the workshop. As a result, the team based their work on informed decisions, made with a view to create the best solution for Datumize and their users.
“Getting people from various disciplines working together for a few days is instrumental to the success of the workshop. It helped to frame the problem and solutions from multiple angles and, more importantly, get the team to own the product.” Antoine Marin, Senior Product Designer, NearForm
Focusing on a data integration engineer persona, NearForm worked with the Datumize team to link the core functionality into the user’s data pipeline workflow from beginning to end. This approach enabled NearForm to focus on the UX and front-facing functionality, seeing the business, customer and technical requirements through the eyes of a Zentral user. After three days, the team had the prototype blueprint and an agreement on where the project needed to be in three months.
After the workshop, the combined Datumize and NearForm team worked together, remotely, to redesign and build the user interface and design system. The distributed team collaborated effectively and efficiently using daily standups and regular communication. Weekly demos to the Datumize management team provided clear visibility of both progress and features.
The output from the workshop allowed NearForm to redesign and build the Zentral user interface from the ground up, with role-based access for different teams. The click-through InVision prototype provided a baseline visual reference that was understood by all stakeholders, both business and technical.
Using the Datumize Zentral codebase, NearForm worked with the Datumize engineering team to develop a modern, touch-compatible, React web application that links to the series of microservices that a Datumize user needs to build and deploy their data pipeline.
Given the limited in-house design and UX development resources, NearForm developed the new interface with the extensibility of the Datumize portfolio in mind. NearForm provided design artifacts that ensure the team is self-sufficient — enabling them to create new concepts and web pages themselves by mixing and matching recurring patterns and using icons and grids from the library.