We’ve just built an Admin App that will let us quickly build and deploy Performance Dashboards without any developer input. The launch marks an important milestone for us at the Performance Platform.
Since we set out 2 years ago, we’ve spent a significant amount of time building and configuring the look of the platform. We’ve manually chosen graphs and data for each of the platform's 123 dashboards, and written the underlying code and accompanying content. Although we’ve recently begun to reuse graphs and components when launching new dashboards, we’ve still always needed our developers to write the code.
The Admin App, codenamed the Onboarding App, changes this. On average a new dashboard took us weeks to develop. The app means we can create one in minutes.
Some of our team with no developer skills who work closely with departments will be able to create a dashboard straight away without having to write stories for developers. Meanwhile developers can focus on the development of the platform rather than constantly bringing new services and departments on board.
We’ve already experienced notable benefits since we began testing the app two weeks ago.
For example, I recently added a user satisfaction module to 5 of our Foreign and Commonwealth Office service dashboards. Without the new Admin App, I would’ve had to write stories for our development team and then wait for a developer to become available to do the work. Instead I sent a message to my colleague at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) asking if they wanted the module. Within 20 minutes of them saying yes, the module was available on all their dashboards.
Additionally, one of our designers has been able to tweak dashboard displays in production without needing to ask developers to make changes.
Ultimately, the Admin App will increase the rate at which we can help departments and agencies join the platform, while freeing up our developers from repetitive configuration work. Their attention is now fully turned to the development of the platform and making improvements.
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