months of PDW engagement
Vention team members
Almost a century on the industry rails, Sperry Rail has forged a legacy of unmatched service, which inevitably brought along legacy tools requiring modernisation. Overhauling their dated data management and rail analysis tool into an intuitive, modern interface was seen as the ticket to smoother operations and keeping their business on the fast track to innovation.
The company's strategy hinged on a vendor-driven product discovery workshop (PDW) to quickly create interactive prototypes and set the stage for future project phase planning and long-term budget forecasting. Given our prior success in engineering a web app for Sperry Rail's UK office, the US branch also chose Vention as a partner skilled in leading PDWs and building user-centric, feature-rich tools in harmony with existing business processes.
The Sperry team presented an initial specification, which included a detailed vision of how the new system would work. This formed the starting point for the PDW process.
Through a series of comprehensive online interviews and design workshops, we collected the necessary requirements to complete four fundamental phases:
Elicitation of functional and non-functional requirements
Designing high-resolution wireframes
Outlining the product's technical details
Estimating workload and timelines
These productive rounds resulted in a series of high-quality deliverables, each set to play a crucial role at the development stage:
Wireframes and UI Screens
Impressed by the depth of insights and detail provided during the PDW, the client decided to move forward with Vention for the project's delivery as well. "My past experience was that third parties just don't 'get it,'" says Bobby Gilbert, Senior Director of Digital Transformation at Sperry Rail. "But Vention truly challenged our thinking: This PDW was the first time I've seen a complex software project finish under budget and ahead of schedule."
Tools & technologies
Vention suggested to build the solution using the following technology stack:
React (create-react-app, SPA)
Axios (listed twice, only needs to be mentioned once)
Form handling and validation:
Styling and design:
APIs and data handling:
Date and time manipulation: