Pattern library, application
What is it?
Keen is an onboarding platform, allowing organisations to improve their 'customer success' by helping new users familiarise themselves with a new product.
Building an MVP means making tough technical and design choices. With the concept inherently complex, and with limited time, the biggest challenge would be reducing the vision and building a truly Minimum Viable Product.
Keen also needed a tutorial creation system that allowed organisations to white-label their onboarding sites with a custom domain. For us, this meant not only supporting custom domains, but allowing end-users to securely sign-up to individual sites.
We settled on a pure Ruby on Rails stack for Keen's MVP application, which enabled us to quickly build out a wide variety of features required by modern web applications, including authentication, mail sending, and solid test coverage.
Our first task was to create a set of interactive prototypes, which not only helped solidify a shared understanding of the product, but helped identify aspects of the product that would be too time consuming to build as part of the MVP.
With the scope more refined, we built a pattern library of components. This work, along with the prototypes, armed the engineers with everything they needed before undertaking any significant development work.
We opted to do the database design and authentication at the same time as this was a fairly stable known quantity for the project, and allowed us to build a solid foundation for the project while we worked out some of the finer details.
With the groundwork in place, we began layering up functionality within the platform. By publishing changes to a development version, the Keen team had direct visibility of the progress, and helping further tighten the feedback loop.
With careful database design and thorough automated testing we were able to run multiple onboarding websites from Keen with completely separated authentication.
Keen launched at the beginning of 2017, and has already made its first successful sales.