For my graduate design thesis I developed a simple solution to the project management woes that so many teams encounter. I have identified one project management area which is lacking from current platforms, which will support the client’s understanding of the design process. Based on a series of research methodologies, this is an area where designers are struggling in the project management process and are not currently being supported by the tools which exist.
My proposal was designed through a process of simplification. Simplification requires a thorough and pervasive commitment to empathize, distill and clarify. The areas which I have research have uncovered other areas of need within the system of project management, which I revealed in my research publication, Seeking Simplicity.
For my thesis project, I chose to focus and address this particular area, the client perspective, as it is the one that has lacked attention.
I addressed this through the design of a simple modular project management component. I proposed the creation of a project management dashboard called dash. This center platform, this dashboard, will aggregate information into one platform. Dash will provide the team and the client a clear overview of the project and it will increase the client’s understanding and participation in the design process.
This attention to the client’s understanding and the transparency of the project process will reduce many of the management barriers which currently arise. It will enhance the overall design process and save time for the design team. I propose we, the design team and the client, all get on the same page.
This thesis was submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Science in Communication Design. Pratt Institute. December 2014.