Thank You for Brainstorming on Vista Ideas!
One of the big take-aways from the 35th PDS UGA conference event is the outcome of the PDS UGA Brainstorming process. Many conference attendees rave about the value that they gain during this important networking event. Imagine collaborating with your peers and learning that a feature you’ve been wishing for had been available but had been secured via Vista Security for so long that no one remembered it! This happens more than you might imagine.
At our recent 2019 PDS User Group Association conference, representatives from the PDS user community gathered input and provided PDS with their Vista enhancement ideas and product development suggestions. This interactive, problem-solving event took place during two User Conference Brainstorming sessions. Users were grouped by application area: HR, Recruiting, Benefits, Payroll, HRIS Administrators, and Technical. Many Canadian clients met as their own team to focus on features that were specifically of interest to them. We also featured a team of attendees that were new to PDS and the Vista product and offered them the opportunity to see demonstrations of Vista during their time together. Once again, based upon attendee feedback, this event was very helpful to all attendees.
For many, the brainstorming started weeks before the conference attendees gathered. Conference brainstorming team leaders communicated with attendees and encouraged them to gather enhancement ideas pre-conference so that they could be collected and shared with other team members. Team leaders used our JIRA Support tool that allowed them to better manage their team’s brainstorming content, and more easily share submitted content with other team members via a simple dashboard. This process seemed to enhance the process as the shared lists motivated attendees to add their own suggestions that may have been on their “wish list”.
The first conference brainstorming session took place Thursday morning. Team leaders reviewed brainstorming content that had already been gathered and attendees added new items from their own list of product suggestions. Individual teams networked with other team members, made up of a variety of users and PDS staff. Once they reviewed each of the product suggestions each team cast their initial votes for their top choices. Another by-product of the brainstorming session is the trouble-shooting that occurs when users are able to share how they have addressed various needs. It is always exciting to hear the ideas that flow through this customer exchange.
The second meeting of the brainstorming teams took place on Friday afternoon. This gave team members the opportunity to learn more about product features in Vista, gain hands-on access to the system in the Vista Solutions Center and the many conference workshops, and collaborate with other users. They were then able to re-cast their votes on their top priorities or replace their votes with new features that they’d learned of during their conference networking, if they chose. Each team's final top five choices were then submitted.
From these top five submissions the PDS Product Development group has now gathered an excellent collection of new feature suggestions. This valuable feedback will help PDS to develop future release strategies based upon what we heard directly from YOU! The PDS Development team has broken down improvement ideas and where possible folded suggestions into planned projects and identified possible timelines to include new features. Already we have gotten to work on a variety of functionality to meet your requests. Visit the PDS Support site for Brainstorming details. You'll see that we've included each of the items that were voted as a Top 5 from the various teams, and we've provided filters within the spreadsheet to simplify your searching of items.
And watch for future Vista updates where we will highlight enhancement ideas that you asked for and make them part of the base product. Yes, your votes directly impact PDS product releases! We really do listen!