Devhaus were engaged to design, build and maintain a web application that would allow Cricket Leinster to promote and run their organisation.
Cricket Leinster are the governing body for the sport of cricket in Leinster. It encompasses more than 40 cricket clubs and many schools and is responsible for the development, promotion and organisation of cricket within Leinster.
In July 2018 Cricket Leinster began a tendering process to build a new website and management system to replace their current website.
The current website had been built in 2011. The platform had become out of date making it difficult to manage and maintain. The branding was inconsistent across the site and new features were difficult to add to the outdated software. While mobile users where the largest demographic the site was not mobile friendly.
Cricket Leinster wanted a new mobile friendly application built that would allow them to:
As part of our approach to the process, we completed a full analysis of their current applications. We looked at many cricketing sites from around the world and looked at different sports and how they catered to their members. Based on this research and feedback from Cricket Leinster, we created a detailed approach to the building the new application. During this process we also identified a number of new features for the site that would enhance user engagement. These included:
Our team reviewed the current site, database structures, functionality, and software codebases. We created a detailed functional specification document, and planned a data migration process for the current data to the new application.
Our team met with Cricket Leinster over several meetings, discovered and defined all the new required functionality.
During this process we identified a number of administrative processes that were extremely time consuming and offered software solutions to reduce the time and effort involved. For example each year 2000+ fixtures were manually added to the site one by one, all bulk updates to the fixtures where also edited one by one. We suggested a bulk upload and bulk edit process allowing Cricket Leinster to quickly and easily bulk upload data and bulk edit data to the new system.
We then prepared a functional specification document outlining all functionality the application should deliver in detail for Cricket Leinster. We created a design and development plan to deliver the complex application within 4 months ready for the new season cricket season.
The new application functionality included:
The go-live deadline for the launch of the website was short considering the volume and complexity of the work to be completed. One of the ways we managed this was to create the design and proceed with the code development simultaneously. We successfully completed the build and design for the launch date, in time for the new cricket season.
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