Improvement Roadmap

At Scientrix, we take constant improvement as seriously as we do innovation and your feedback is at the core of our user experience. We listen to user feedback meticulously, ensuring that the Scientrix platform is as easy to use as it is effective.

Changes to the platform can affect how you and other users interact with certain features and, in some rare cases, might need additional time to get used to a new feature. To combat this, we are introducing a new video series focusing on our improvement roadmap. This series will help you understand which new features are coming to the Scientrix platform and how you can better interact with them.

Improvements: Released

Q3 2022

Timelines for Elements

More people are using Elements to display a project portfolio landscape in order to make use the visual power of the assessments. This meant that we had to improve the element functionality to include a “Timeline” to allow users to make proper use of this feature. This timeline module will work like any other Element module (e.g. Metrics, Initiatives, Risks), i.e. it must be enabled as an element module in the Admin and users will be able to configure it in the “Configure Content” drop-down for the Element Overview.

  1. We will be adding a new “Timeline Module” to the element overview. This module will have a “Detail Box” with 2 calculated fields (duration [difference between end date and start date in days] and time to finish [difference between end date and today’s date])

  2. The module should have 2 input fields (start date and end date) and it will have a “Progress Bar” graphic that visually shows the time remaining.

  3. The timeline can also be activated in the “Element list view” with columns for each field. Users can use the action buttons to complete timelines.

Element Dependencies Improvements

Earlier in 2022 we implemented an “Element Dependency” modal that can be accessed from either the “Grid” or from “My Elements” list. In this update we have further expanded on the element dependency list by allowing users to switch the modal view from “Children – Elements that are dependent on the selected element” or “Parents – Elements on which the selected element is dependent”

  1. The dependency modal is accessed by clicking on the “Dependency” button in the “Element Hover Tray”.
  2. The “Element Status” has now been added to the element dependency modal.
  3. Easily switch between dependency views. This same function has been extended to “Dependencies” in the full element overview module.
Platform Navigation (Blue Menu Bar) Major Update.

After the feature roll-out is complete, you will notice that the “blue navigation bar” on the left-hand side of your screen has changed. Other than the obvious aesthetic change, there are also a few functional changes to note.

  • We have included a “My Workspace” menu item that permanently lives in the top of the new menu bar, even when you are not on any of the workspace pages. This will allow you to easily access your workspace items—such as My Elements, My Initiatives, and My Tasks—far quicker than before.
  • The new menu bar makes switching between a grid view and a list view even simpler, allowing you to visualise your matrix in a way that works for you.
  • If you need a clutter-free work area, you can now easily hide additional or, in some cases, unused menu items. It is important to note that once you add content to a grid, these menu items will automatically be shown again.
  • For a distraction-free experience, you can collapse the menu bar and still maintain full functionality without having to re-expand. Simply hover your mouse over each item and interact as normal.
  • Navigating the Element or Initiative overviews is even easier now. Using the dedicated navigation items, you can easily switch between an item detail page and the full overview.
  • And using the “Go to grid” or “Go to element” menu item allows you to easily navigate between linked grids or elements. If an element or an initiative is linked only to one item, you only have to click on the “Go To Grid” or “Go To Element” button, and you’ll be taken back to the appropriate page automatically.
  • The same distraction-free function can be used in any of the element or initiative overviews. Simply click “show less” to hide unused items.

The biggest change to the navigation system is the ability to customise the colour of the navigation bar to better suit your brand’s identity. As the administrator of a Scientrix system, you now have the option to choose a colour from your predefined colour palette in your system’s “general parameters”. You can also customise your system’s logo to better suit your newly selected colour.

Improvements: In Progress

Change Element Link Modal

We are changing how the “Search function works in the “Link new element” modal. This modal update must be implemented everywhere where the “Link Element” modal appears:

  • In the “grid”
  • In the “dependencies”

When a user inputs just the “Element ID”, then the correct element should appear as per the current “Choose Element” – it works the same way.

A user will be able to search by typing any of the following into the search box

  • Element ID
  • Element Name
  • Element Type (eg: Projects – Then all element types “projects” must also appear & elements with “projects” in the name)

We will show the results in the current dropdown in the following way

  • First Element ID
  • Then Element Type
  • Then Element Name
Filters & Assessments

Earlier in 2022 we implemented Assessments and Patterns which allow users to color grid elements according to the assessment values for the selected criteria and this feature has been hugely powerful and successful. From user feedback and innovation workshops we have now made it possible to combine multiple assessment criteria or user filters to identify the most relevant elements considering multiple criteria.

More information to follow

Column & Row Shading

More information to follow

Columns for Custom Fields in Overview

Custom fields in the overview are them listed one underneath the other. When a user has multiple custom fields, these can sometimes get very long and leave a lot of white space to the right side.

Users will be able to “split” custom properties into multiple columns.

Improvements: Planned

Add Images And Tables For Text Area Custom Fields

More information to follow

Analytics Page Customization

More information to follow

Calendar View For Elements in Grid

More information to follow

Key Figures Display in Element Overview

More information to follow