Rebuilding a Training Database

into a Quality Training Database™.

Quality Training Systems’ ™ (QTS™) flagship product, Quality Training Database™ (or QTD™, for short), started as an Access database over 10 years ago. Over the next decade, QTD would grow to become one of the largest and most robust software of choice for electricity generation & distribution companies to maintain all the data required to comply with regulatory training standards. This includes employee records, tasks & job responsibilities, procedures, processes, safety hazards, tools, certifications, and far more.

When we looked at QTD, we saw a robust and intricate software that was designed to do a lot of really crucial tasks.

We also saw a robust and intricate software that was designed 10 years ago.

This meant that the backend of this product, while functional, contained over 1,500 stored procedures and needed to be redesigned and reworked for a few reasons: cumbersome reporting, the fragile nature of old coding practices, and the need to increase security. With the database rebuild deemed as a necessity, we showed QTS our hi-fidelity prototype for a healthcare web application we had developed a few months prior. This led to a conversation on the idea of redesigning the QTD software front-to-back to produce QTD 2.0™.

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The What:

Rebuild an outdated platform into an industry-agnostic scalable web application.

The How:

The BPX™

  • Business Analysis
  • User Research
  • BFF (Benefits, Features, Functions) Prioritization
  • Prototyping
  • Product Strategy
  • Software Development

The Result:

A modern, cloud-based, all-in-one learning & compliance platform that’s designed for the people, by the people, and with the people.

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Out with the old…

…in with the new.

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Human-Centered Design & User Research are at the forefront of our BPX™. That means we conduct research with our client and their users to figure out what works, what doesn’t work, and what could work better.

2019 Quality Training Systems User Conference

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Utilizing the Discovery Phase of our Business Process Experience (BPX), our Senior Analyst and User Experience Architect began digging deep into the QTD software to learn the connections between the elements of the software, the business logic, and the overall user experience of the product.

The QTS User Conference was the perfect opportunity to explore the nuances of the software with those that use it daily.

The conference provided the means to interview the clients’ biggest stakeholders - their users. We held a UX Roundtable discussion and asked three major questions:

  • What works & what doesn’t work?
  • What do you use all the time, some of the time, none of the time?
  • What do you want to see in 2.0?

Over the course of an hour discussion, we dove into the day-to-day of the users to find out these answers. Then, over the next four days, we conducted interviews with QTS’ Superusers & Customer Feedback group (Voice of the Customer), conducted rapid prototyping (paper & digital), and began capturing functional specifications of what the application needed to have in order to work for the users.

Good software doesn’t just look good.

It has to work for the user.

We take a collaborative & iterative approach to design: improving every time until we’re all happy.

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QTD 1.0 Software

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First mid-fi prototype, designed to mimic first software

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Second mid-fi prototype, new approach to menuing a framework

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Final mid-fi prototype, user-friendly menuing. We made minor changes after this for usability in regards to colors.

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QTD 2.0 (name pending) is a currently-running project, projected to finish development and release in June, 2021.

Development and the prototyping of the next set of deliverables has begun.

Case updates can be found on this page as the project progresses.