Plans is a brand new module to Lithium as of July 2018. Thus far, Lithium has provided a platform for project management for renewable energy companies with interactions that are mostly form based. With Plans, PowerHub expands to include direct manipulations of graphic ui elements.
The primary element of Plans is the task pill. Each pill contains a unique id, task name, and status colour. It’s position along the timeline chronicles its end date and on click of the pill, it expands to show start date, duration, as well as the group name/colour, if applicable. If there are a number of tasks that are related or associated in any way, users can also group them together and select a border-left colour for the pill to see this information in the module.
One of the most important aspects of creating this module was that our users would have access to different ways of viewing this information. While we wanted to introduce a visual way of creating and managing tasks, we also wanted to give users the option to take that information and digest it however ways it makes sense for their day-to-day business. Currently, we have the Planner and List Views available. Upcoming is the Gantt Chart View for poster printing and presentations.
Plans maintains the same form based input fields for a consistent backend information architecture but the interface for this new module is highly visual. Task pills have 4 status colour states (New/Open, Completed, Closed, Overdue) and up to 20 colours users can select and assign to Groups. Key dates along the timeline have a circle icon with a dashed line that extends across the screen and a grey line in the background displays interconnected dependancies between tasks.
Ultimately, our goal is always to bring more value to our customers in both day-to-day functions as well as big picture processes. With Plans, users can view, share, and interpret tasks belonging to different projects in order to make better business decisions.