Planning – The Rest of the Year
As per the request of one of my mentors, my next entry will detail my planning for the rest of the year. Naturally, this planning is a bit vague here and there because I do not know the details of what I will be doing at that time or how the application will have evolved. It is also fluid in the sense that certain weeks may switch places or certain activities may take longer than foreseen, and others less time. Regardless, this is, for now, how I see the rest of the year. Also keep in mind that my workload is far less during my course’s second semester, giving me a lot more time to invest in this.
26/11/2012 – 2/12/2012 : Finish the paper prototype and prepare the user evaluation.
03/12/2012 – 09/12/2012 : Do the user evaluation and start adapting the interface to reflect this feedback.
10/12/2012 – 16/12/2012 : Start researching implementation possibilities. Write extensive blog posts on user evaluation and feedback, as well as changes made based on that feedback.
17/12/2012 – 30/12/2012 : Start developing the first iteration of the application.
31/12/2012 – 03/02/2012 : Rewrite the first chapters of the thesis, add more content to them to finish the literature study and attempt to finish off all content not directly related to the application. (exam period so much less time to work)
04/02/2012 – 10/02/2012 : Resume work on the first iteration of the application.
11/02/2012 – 18/02/2012 : Resume work on the first iteration and update thesis drafts based on feedback on blog and from mentors.
19/02/2012 – 03/03/2012 : Finish the first iteration of the application, which should have most important user interface elements up and running. (menu, user console, posts, comments and front page)
04/03/2012 – 24/03/2012 : After another user evaluation, begin the second iteration of the application, which will implement given feedback and basic datastore/persistence functionalities.
25/03/2012 – 31/03/2012 : Prepare second presentation and continue work on the second iteration.
01/04/2012 – 26/05/2012 : Finish the second iteration, which should include all important parts of the application (all gamification elements, all UI functionalities pertaining to engagement and so on). Attempt one last user evaluation of the progress made. Complete a possible third iteration that is based on user feedback.
27/05/2012 – 07/06/2012 : Finish the final draft of the master thesis text.
Rest of June before final presentation : Prepare the presentation and iron out any of the last details of the application. (perhaps some last bugfixes and so on)
So, much of the implementation will happen in the second semester of this school year, evidently. Given the fact that projects will be nearly non-existent in my second semester, I will have more time to spend on this than I do now. I’ve also made sure I have at least a month per iteration, often more, to give myself some room to breath in case parts of the planning turn out to be unrealistic in some way.