More details on my thought and UX process.
The Before: Analyzing and researching the applications current interface, several pain points lie in the information architecture and resulting navigation.
Repetetive links and pages cause confusion for users and create a perceptual disconnect in content.
Rethinking the structure and navigation, I shifted the focus from ownership and roles to the content and workflows. The result places importance on the content and user paths, provides simplified navigation, opens screen real estate, and avoids confusion with repetetive pages. The overarching, top-level navigation was moved to a prominent location for improved visual awareness and a simple search field was made available at all times.
In place of separate pages for individual or team content, a simple toggle filter was added to list pages to provide users control of what they see. This solution provides landing pages for each content type; reducing clicks, allowing for quick comparison of data, and simplifying the site architecture.
A major client frustration is lack of staff interaction with the software on a consistent basis. These users need more purpose and connection to their daily work. By providing a user dashboard, current and important content is available in a single location and a real-time stream of activities keep staff involved and aware.
New ideas and their evolution to execution and success are key to any business's growth and ability to stay competitive. Implementing a Kanban workflow allows companies to visually track the progress of their business planning in a simple and accessible way.
A simple and digestable way to analyze and prioritze inititives based on impact and level of effort.
The end result is a cleaner interface and simplified architecture that provides an intuitive user experience and encourages use in managing daily planning and activities. The easier the application is to use and the more value it provides, the more successful both the client and developer will be.