The unspoken reality in IT is that most software projects are late, over budget, or fail to meet business objectives. Billions of dollars are wasted each year fixing or abandoning preventable software failures. Our Collaborative Visualization Framework is designed to help teams become more agile and consistently deliver software on time and on budget across the entire application development portfolio.
Our Collaborative Visualization Framework helps teams integrate rapid prototyping into every stage of the software development lifecycle.
Collaborate globally on application designs, user scenarios, and specifications with iRise Enterprise Visualization Platform.
We partner with each organization to create a tailored plan to drive long-term organizational change.
Even as Design Thinking and Agile development grow in popularity, companies are still challenged to deliver applications with the right functionality and the right user experience to meet business goals. Too many teams still rely on static documents, user stories, wireframes and mockups to drive the development process. We help teams move away from imprecise user stories or heavily documented handoffs to a process based on rapid, collaborative prototyping that engages everyone in the process from the beginning.
Collaborate globally on application designs, user scenarios, and specifications with iRise Enterprise Visualization Platform
We partner with each organization to create a tailored plan to drive long-term IT agility.
Change is hard, but we can help. We have worked with many of the most respected companies around the globe – from AT&T to Unilever – to develop a reliable methodology for integrating real-time prototyping into the software development process and scaling it across the organization. Our four-phase adoption methodology is designed to help customers build a self-sustaining visualization capability that delivers dramatically better results on business-critical software initiatives.
Explore and confirm the value of the iRise platform and process on one or more projects.
Define and validate how the iRise Enterprise Visualization Platform fits with people, processes, and technologies to deliver value across the organization.
Prepare, execute and manage an adoption strategy and plan to scale collaborative visualization across the organization.
Establish and operate a center of excellence and community of best practices to sustain the value, fit, and scale of iRise across the organization.
Collaborative visualization is the single best investment teams can make to deliver the right software at the right time
Companies can no longer afford to wait 6, 12, or 18 months to deliver new products and features. To stay competitive teams must now deliver in 30 or 60 day cycles. With collaborative visualization, teams can continuously communicate and collaborate, eliminating waste and accelerating the entire development lifecycle.
Design isn’t a veneer that can be applied at the end of the requirements phase. Design is what it does and how it works, and it has to start at the earliest stages of a project. We help teams bring designers, business analysts, developers, product managers, marketers, and end users into the design process from the beginning. Whether you do Agile, Waterfall, or something in between, it’s essential that you build design research and user experience design into the process.
With the iRise Enterprise Visualization Platform you can capture requirements and associate them directly to user interface elements. This gives organizations a powerful way to communicate visual, interactive, and functional specifications. You can also generate custom documentation instantly and export user interface code to jumpstart development.
Innovative ideas are inherently uncertain and often go through several iterations to incorporate feedback before they become real. Teams need the ability to quickly collaborate and iterate on application prototypes to explore ideas, test hypotheses, and validate designs before even entering the development cycle. Test more new ideas at a lower cost, discover unexpected insights, and ultimately develop more robust software solutions that truly deliver maximum business value.
Without shared understanding of a common vision, it’s impossible to plan and estimate the overall development effort. By collaborating on interactive, working simulations of applications early in the process, teams establish a clear definition of scope, a detailed design, and an accurate set of requirements.
The fundamental principles of Agile have been the foundation of the iRise Platform from the start. However, embracing change, rapid iteration, continuous collaboration and frequent delivery can be challenging on complex projects with globally distributed teams. Instead of using Post-it notes or “prototyping in code,” quickly visualize and validate the stories for each Sprint. This increased collaboration brings clarity to the team and has a net effect of improving story estimation and increasing the team’s velocity.
Static documents, user stories and wireframes simply can’t communicate the user experience, business logic, and intricate interactions of modern applications. Successful teams create realistic simulations of applications that stakeholders can actually use and test before writing a single line of code – even before documenting detailed specifications. Collaborative visualization serves as the central communication platform to drive all phases of the software development lifecycle – from concept to launch.
Collaborative visualization impacts nearly every aspect of the application development process. It’s not simply about producing functional prototypes. It’s about transforming the how you communicate and collaborate throughout the software lifecycle.
Management can preview early concepts and make informed portfolio prioritization decisions
Product Managers and User Experience Designers validate features and usability up front
Architects and developers see and address technical feasibility early in the process
Project Managers make informed time and resource decisions
Quality Assurance develops test plans and test cases from realistic application prototypes
Develop end user documentation and train personnel prior before development completes
There is always risk when introducing change within an organization. Only 25% of change management initiatives are successful over the long term. That’s why we help companies establish a Visualization Center of Excellence (VCoE) to manage the change successfully. A VCoE provides leadership, best practices, research, support and training to ensure a self-sustaining visualization capability over the long term.
Beyond Agile development
Agile development is effective for many teams, but it doesn’t necessarily translate into overall IT agility. Quickly responding to opportunities or threats in the market requires more than an Agile development approach. By combining Agile development with collaborative visualization, IT can build a more responsive and innovative organization that doesn’t just operate the business, but helps generate real competitive advantage.
Learn how iRise impacted the Agile based software development lifecycle at Emerson Network Power.
Design for usage, not just functionality
The consumerization of IT trend is putting intense pressure on IT to deliver software to employees with the same degree of usability and efficiency they experience with their personal tech. The next generation of IT applications must not only run on multiple devices, but be easy to learn, intuitive, and usable. Collaborative visualization is the best way to validate application designs, test usability with employees and end users, and optimize the user experience before investing in development.
First American CIO Larry Godec on how iRise cut rework by 70% while greatly improving usability.
Develop quality software at top speed
In software, high quality and development speed are inextricably linked. As change requests accumulate, project schedules lengthen and costs increase. Requirements errors are the largest contributor to change requests, and cost to mitigate these errors grow exponentially has projects advance through the lifecycle. By using collaborative visualization, teams can identify and resolve issues early, virtually eliminating requirements-related rework, cutting delivery times in half, and reducing overall application development costs by 20% to 50%.
Willem Eelman, Global CIO of Unilever, talks about how iRise helped Unilever deliver better software faster, while reducing rework by 50% and overall project costs by 20%.