Understanding the problem
The current Aptus design system is not scalable as a result of its complexity and its limitations due to being built on Microsoft Excel. The process of designing an Aptus building was known only by the business owner. In order for the business to scale, Aptus had to create a scalable solution that could be used by not only other stakeholders within the business but also by external organisations. The problem statement was addressed during a 3 week scope with a 12 week MVP proposed as the solution.
Ideation & research
One of the challenging parts of implementation was being able to integrate the engineering code written in python (by a third party) with the web application, built on Csharp and React. This was initially estimated as a two week task but with careful tech spikes, it was de-risked and able to be completed within a week.
When determining whether the project was successful we are measuring against our initial goal. Since developing the solution, the business owner (Steven) has not had to be a part of the design process. It could be understood and applied by other stakeholders within the organisation. It will soon be shared with external organisations, allowing the company to scale up faster.