Busy, busy, busy! For the last 6 months that has been the theme for Suvera design. After getting feedback from version two of our app, we really had to sit back and analyse. In moments like this, it is very easy to get over excited and fall victim to ‘scope creep’ (In project management refers to changes, continuous or uncontrolled growth in a project’s scope). Don’t get me wrong, adding a good amount of features is sweet, but making something too sweet is a problem.
The big step up for us was the addition of the doctors dashboard (as shown in the image below). Naturally this adds so much more value to the product and its potential. However, potential isn’t always a good thing, knowing all of the possible things that you could do can hold you hostage. It’s kind of like if you were to hand someone a straw for a drink, then also give them a fork/spoon (or spork for you weirdos) just incase they get hungry. Having potential can get us caught up in the what ifs, if we didn’t have the what nows.
Our what now was keeping track of patient’s blood pressure and medication. At Suvera’s core we want patient’s to have way more control and confidence in their healthcare. So the area we decided to focus on was follow up care within general practices. Suvera is a small part-time team comprised of medical & computer scientist students and product design freelancers, so this approach was perfect as we had little time to work with, this allowed us to focus on one overarching goal.
Now about those what ifs… we’re not monsters so we didn’t just dash this thought to the side ,it still had to be considered, so we just managed it. For the latest iteration of the application we decided to take a modular design approach and so we sectioned medication and blood pressure. We felt that this would be a flexible way to approach this design in hopes that it would be easy to add or remove modules as time goes.
Throughout Suvera’s design journey we’ve been stripping components that we realized didn’t fit well and ultimately pro-longed the flow. We’re about making smaller, smarter iterations with our users and hopefully we can continue doing so.
~ FYI, if you want to know more about our design back story, check it out here!
Have a great Christmas, see you next year folks! :)🎄