|BitShares UI Team|
|Duration||2017/08/15 - 2018/02/15 (6 months)|
The BitShares GUI has a great deal of functionality, so much that it can be overwhelming for new users to grasp. Some users expect it to simply hold their funds securely and allow for transfers while others require the full power of the exchange, voting, asset creation etc.
The goal of assembling this team is to better understand the various use cases for BitShares and, based upon that information, craft an improved user experience.
Issues located at bitshares/bitshares-ui will be gathered into Milestones with a two week release schedule. Anyone in the community will be able to claim, work and submit a PR for that issue. If the PR is accepted, the user will be paid according to the terms on the README.md under the Development Process heading.
There are many opinions across the BitShares community about what is most important. These opinions vary due to the broad range of individual capabilities. Some users want to see new features developed as soon as possible while others would like to see a refined user interface with reliable, less ambiguous controls and helpful documentation. It’s our goal as a team to listen to everyone and make decisions based upon what we hear from the community.
At the core, we plan to start with bugs. Bugs cause unexpected behavior and unexpected behavior is particularly vexing with a financial application.
This represents features or tweaks that add give the application a lot of bang for very little effort. By focusing on low hanging fruit, we can drastically improve the UI for many people very quickly and cross these items off the todo list.
Tables, dropdowns, form fields, modals, fonts, icons, colors. We plan to seek community comment via github issues and mock ups to propose consistent ways to view all of the current information available in the BitShares Wallet.
In some cases, this simply means we will alter a table to fit into an accepted style. We may propose to merge two separate views into one if it’s discovered that they contain related information. Along the way, the goal is to create a flow that most people will find intuitive.
We have a goal to ensure that most features in the BitShares wallet are intuitive with additional guides and information available for those who need additional assistance.
Currently, updates to the bitshares-ui are handled by Sigve Kvalsvik (@svk). We have included the BitShares Foundation on this proposal in order to increase the surface area for code review, testing and acceptance as well as facilitate payments in bitUSD. This proposal is intended to increase the budget for making improvements to the BitShares client and establish a more formal and ongoing effort towards the development effort. If successful, our hope is that the improvements will
As the project manager for bitshares/bitshares-ui, I will review all issues created (15 hours per week). I will also create UX and UI mockups and mediate discussions on github around new features (Example). Milestones will be created for each 2 week Sprint. Sprints will be populated with enough issues to occupy 90 hours for the 2 week sprint. Understand that these hours are quality hours, not planning hours. As many in this field are aware, developers are always working on problems in their minds. In most cases I’ve found that a 15 hour task will require anywhere from 25 - 30 hours of a developer’s time. Each issue will be tagged as feature / task / bug / duplicate / rejected.