Tuesday, November 29, 2005

UniPhi 2.0 Features List


We ran a workshop last week to define the features list of UniPhi 2.0 due for release on March 1st 2006. Thanks to feeback from our clients on issues/additions they require. The aim of 2.0 is to bed down the features that were released in 1.0 and to add easy to implement features. After much debate and soul searching, here is the features list per module of the system:

Online Document Management System
  • Allow the output order of a document to be different to the input order
  • Map on document's contents into various sections of another document
  • Create a document based off another document
  • Increase the number of object types in a template e.g Multiple file upload object, customised drop down lists, embedded reports etc.
  • Improved checklist of steps completed while populating a document
  • Allow for a document to be moved between projects

Change Control System
This feature slipped out of scope on release one and will be used to track project change requests.

  • Customisable dashboard reporting
  • More project status related reporting
  • Ability for reports to run in Firefox (our browser of choice)
  • Ability for end users to customise their own reports (could be dependent on SQL Server 2005 actually being released)
  • Potential for reports to be based around analysis services and reporting services rather than just reporting services

MS Project (cringe - refer to blog regarding MS Project deployments)
  • Integrate the resource management system with the resource pool that exists in Microsoft Project
  • Launch MS Project files from within UniPhi (requires an Active X control which has obvious security implications. We will be looking at alternative methods
  • Integrate tasks in MS Project into summary tab of My Projects

Timesheeting system (pending design phase review and may be de-scoped)
  • Allow users to enter time against tasks, issues, risks and documentation
  • Integrate the completion of tasks back into the MS Project plan stored in the database
  • Create a simple interface for timesheet entry that allows users to put time against any task scheduled for which they have been assigned to complete.
User interface
  • Improve the sort and filtering options
  • Allow for multiple summary views on the All Projects/Summary tab
  • Allow for documents to be launched in the documents tab not just the template section
  • Add author, description and other meta tag data to the search results
  • Improve the ability to view search results by author
  • Look at taxonomy potential
  • Improve the flowcharting integration into the library section
  • Improve the template party/role model interface and online help
So as you can see, it's quite a list. The next 5 weeks are dedicated to fleshing out the detail of this list and completing an initial design. From this design we will be re-estimating how long to build and test. Once we get this data, we will de-scope features until we can hit our March 2006 deadline.
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