“Company-X understood that we were not experienced in the area of software development and guided us to accepting that an agile approach for the development work was the right way to go,” said Road Efficiency Group chair Dawn Inglis.
The group, a collaboration between the New Zealand Transport Agency, Local Government New Zealand and the Road Controlling Authorities Forum, developed the One Network Road Classification before approaching Company-X.
Company-X was asked to create a tool that could analyze and report on the nation’s roading data and help prioritize investment on maintenance and renewals.
“Across New Zealand all road controlling authorities were going to have to derive data from their asset management systems to be able to report on these performance measures. A tool was needed to enable this data analysis and reporting,” Inglis said.
“For we roading engineers this was quite different to how we operate in other areas of our business with tight specifications and planning. However, the agile approach has proven to be exactly the right approach,” she said.
“Jeremy took the time to understand the requirements, understand the opportunity, and to develop a set of user requirements which we could agree on as the principles for developing the proof of concept.
“Company-X were really helpful in responding to the need for support to users once the tool was live and the support team have proven invaluable in assisting users.”
“The tool itself is drawing praise from users as being simple to view, to use, and understand. It is now evolving (in the agile way) to become the go to reporting tool for roading managers wanting to understand how the outcomes on their network are ‘measuring up’ against the set threshold levels.
“Company-X’s work has been very much appreciated by those directly involved in the project, but also by the roading industry who are now using the tool and gaining greater insight into the outcomes being achieved on New Zealand’s roading network.”