Understanding the Volt dashboard
A few weeks ago I wrote about my test drive of the new Chevy Volt. One of the first “wow” moments a driver has in that car is when you first begin to interact with the dashboard. Information is a presented in a way that matters to the driver – even though the car’s computer may have to crunch thousands of numbers and run through multiple diagnostics, what the driver cares about is the end result – “What’s my energy efficiency?” or “What’s my battery charge level?”
I’ve recalled the Volt dashboard this week as we released the latest version of Rational Team Concert – which is built on our Jazz collaboration platform. Just like the Volt, one of the most powerful features of Team Concert is the dashboard. Dashboards allow team members to very quickly understand the “health” of their project. Just like the driver with the Chevy Volt, the project manager needs to know the big picture of the project. How fast are new defects are being opened vs. how fast they are being closed? Are their issues with the build? How much time remains in the project vs. time estimated for remaining work items? Now with version 3.0, the dashboards are even more powerful – with added support for Open Social and the ability to export gadgets to tools such as iGoogleTM. (Read more about RTC 3.0 on Jazz.net)
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it may be worth more. Dashboards, whether on our high-tech cars or our software development tools, allow us to make intelligent decisions quickly and accurately. And isn’t that what drives business?