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Brili Development Update - November 2014

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Brili Development Update - November 2014

Pierre Séguin

Team

This month has been really exciting for us, as we've now really gotten rolling on coding, thanks to the very talented Kyle Li joining the team. Kyle comes to us via Morgan Stanley and Amazon, and sports a master's degree in computer science from McGill, an impressive ability to figure out new stuff and a winning personality.

Kyle's programming will bring to life the beautiful screens designed by the guys at TailoredUX back in September.

The Nerdy Stuff

Brili is being built using some of the coolest modern technologies available today so that we can give parents, kids and educators real-time updates on routines across multiple devices and locations. We're primarily using Javascript and HTML5 to ensure good portability across platforms, which means we're going to be able to release Android, connected TV apps and web-based versions of Brili shortly after our first iPad + iPhone apps.

Process

From a process standpoint, we're using Agile Scrum, working in two week iterations called "sprints" and breaking requirements into user stories that go kind of like this: "As a kid, I want to start my routine by touching something so I have control over when it really starts." We're tracking all our requirements in Jira Agile to stay organized. At the end of each sprint, we have new, working and tested functionality.

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Progress

In fact, as you can see from the screen shot below, with our first sprint successfully completed, we have a working, interactive view of what a child will see when his or her routine is running. We're temporarily using placeholder images from PlaceKitten.com, because hey, who doesn't like kittens, right? We will be supporting custom task images soon, and also providing icons.

Brili as of Day 3 of Sprint 2.

Brili as of Day 3 of Sprint 2.

I'll post some video shortly of this, but we've got the task and routine timer visualizations working, and the task cards animating. The app is already smart enough to know which routine to show if there are more than one set up for a kid. Sound effects are being added in this sprint.

While Kyle programs, I do the quality assurance, requirements analysis and I apply my (very) old Adobe Illustrator skills help him extract the graphics from the designs in a way that's usable for the application. Of course, that's when I'm not doing the other stuff that's needed to build a business.

Alpha Test in December

With the kid's app coming together so nicely, I expect we can start testing it in real homes and possibly some classrooms in early December. 

'Til Next Time

So there you have it, an overview of where Brili is at. We're still on track to release a fully working solution in January, and I have to say I'm very excited to see Brili coming to life before our eyes.