To approach this redesign, I needed to first represent the operational team structure of our targeted customer: a small to medium-sized call center comprised of 25 to 100 agents.
Diving into the team structure, I represented in detail the several personas likely to collaborate within the call center.
Out of the 4 personas identified during our research, 2 emerged: Raj (supervisor) and Melanie (call center agent). Those were our primary users, the one more likely to be found at our targeted customer.
During this preliminary phase, I often confronted my research with our clients and the sales team to validate these assumptions and make sure we were on the right track.
Looking at the existing call center tool we were offering our clients, It was evident that it was limited in terms of functionalities: there was no possibility for a supervisor like Raj to have an overview of each agent's statuses within the call center. This greatly reduced his ability to manage the call center.
Reviewing existing competitors was a critical part of our process to help us determine the scope and efforts required to complete this project.
Moving towards the solution phase, our efforts would concentrate on building tools to help our 2 primary personas: Raj, the supervisor, and Melanie, the call center agent.
How might we give Raj tools to monitor his team and help him improve the overall call center performance?
How might we help Melanie visualize her performance with her team?
To help these 2 personas, we decided to build 3 additional views:
Raj would now be able to monitor all of the call center agents' statuses in real-time. This view would help him adjust their workload.
Both Raj and Melanie would now be able to review and compare Melanie's performance with the rest of her team. Raj could now assess Melanies' productivity and Melanie could ask for better compensation based on her performance.
Designed to be displayed on a wall within the call center, this consolidated view would help both Raj and Melanie to quickly monitor in real-time the most important statistics of the call center.
In just a few months and by maintaining regular contact with our clients, we were able to greatly improve the call center solution we offered.
The Ubity call center is now one of the most lucrative features in our offering and a big part of our product roadmap is now directed towards improving it.
In addition to voice, our next challenge will be to bring our call center text capabilities support (live chat, SMS and social media) to create a true multi-channel contact center experience for our customers.
Being a small enterprise and looking at competitors with millions in funding, we had to be pragmatic in creating call center features that we could realistically tackle. Although frustrating at times, it forced us to be more efficient and focus on what truly matters.