In a company with nearly 10,000 software engineers, there is no one internal source to find news, information, or resources specifically geared towards them. That is, before my team and I designed engineering.homedepot.com.
There are nearly 10,000 software engineers at The Home Depot. However there is no one source for them to get tools, resources, or information. To get a question answered or find out information, they have to visit a multitude of different websites, or reach out to several different people and wait for a response, thus interrupting their (and other's!) workflows.
The creation of engineering.homedepot.com, an internal one-stop-shop for all things software engineering related at Home Depot.
The survey was a great way for me to learn more foundational knowledge about how Software Engineering works at Home Depot. I learned what tools and resources software engineers most commonly use, what resources they like and don’t like, what kind of content they would expect on this website, and, most importantly, would they even use this website as a resource.
After gaining foundational knowledge about Software Engineers, I was able to facilitate a design studio to learn more about how they would expect this website to look, what content they would like to see on it, and overall get inspiration and ideas on how to start designing this site.
Reduced time searching for answers and resources + More visibility and knowledge sharing across teams = More productive time spent writing code and working on products
Design is messy! Research is messy! Sometimes when you take one step forward, you have to take 5 steps back. And thats ok. It's ok to mess up, or do some of the steps out of order. As long as you are always keeping the user and the end goal in mind.
I also learned the value of storytelling. This internship was completed 100% remotely, and I had 7 presentations, and over 15 practice presenations over the course of 9 weeks. 3 of those presentations had C-suite level employees in them. I learned not only the value in creating a clear and concise story, but also being able to create and deliver one myself.