VALA

Product Design Case Study

BACKGROUND

Vala is a start-up that provides international money transfer services in a Saas B2B model. Their customers consist of money service businesses that provide international remittance services. Vala integrates their system into their customers’ shops and gives them access to money transfer contracts. 

Vala is currently in the stage of designing the two main components of their product: a web-app dashboard used by the operators (sellers), and a phone app used by the senders. This project focuses on the design and functionality of the dashboard.

RESEARCH PLAN

The Research Plan was created in order to help define the needs and goals of the end users for the dashboard, the money exchange center tellers. 

First, secondary research was completed for me to learn more about the market space. This included discussions with the Vala team to understand what they know about their customers, as well as research on existing competitors. Once I had an understanding of the international remittance field, I conducted interviews with current money exchange center teller to hear and see first how how these users interact with their clients and existing software.

PERSONAS

After completing the research phase, I had a better understanding of the end users. While the focus of my project was the webapp dashboard, Vala requested that I create personas outlining three of their most important end users. This included:

USE CASES & WIREFRAMES

Together with Vala's Product Manager, I created Use Cases. The Use Cases clearly outline all the steps necessary to complete key actions. This deliverable helps ensure that no steps get left out when creating wireframes.

The Use Cases and Wireframes were created for the flow of completing a remittance transaction and then canceling that transaction.

NEXT STEPS

With this flow, Vala has the necessary bones of the dashboard to go live with their product. 

The next steps are to replicate and adapt the templates and styles created to all the remaining pages of the dashboard including; Data Reports, Administration & Fee Settings and Branch Management.

After launching the product we intend to install analytic tools which will allow us to better understand users' behaviors and needs. Additionally we will be making cyclical iterations in order to continuously improve the product.

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