The 2-week rapid prototype


Our Goal

Develop a rapid prototype knowledge management tool for California

The Situation

The California Department of Technology released a rapid prototype RFP and asked vendors to develop a knowledge management tool that would allow State agencies and departments to capture, archive, and manage organizational knowledge from its employees and programs.

What We Did

We assembled a team of digital strategists, designers, developers, and subject matter specialists. Our prototype, California Current, was designed for the Department of Water Resources. It was inspired by the pioneers who set California apart as a world leader in innovative solutions for water management and conservation. Our approach included the following:

  • Development of personas to humanize the needs of the target audience

  • Used Human-Centered Design techniques in our research, including interviews and empathy building exercises

  • Developed journey maps of common behaviors, hidden motivations, influences, pain points, and opportunities

  • Created pencil sketches, low fidelity wireframes, high fidelity mockups and tested our designs with users in order to refine them based on feedback

  • Identified an open-source technology stack for a speedy, lightweight, yet powerful user experience

  • Defined the minimum viable product (MVP) and RFP release product, a combination of which satisfied the requirements of the RFP

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