MiniVAN is a tool to canvass using a mobile phone, replacing the clipboards and reams of paper of old. This gives a massive productivity boost over traditional canvassing - instead of writing down responses and manually entering in data at the end of the day, MiniVAN syncs automatically to VAN, completely eliminating the need for manual data entry.
MiniVAN Manager is an enhancement to the traditional MiniVAN workflow. It shows all canvassers currently out canvassing for you on a map, updated in real-time as they canvass contacts. This allows campaign managers to keep track of everything that’s going on in the field as it happens.
MiniVAN manager was the first full project that I managed as a team lead at NGP VAN. Despite this, we incorporated several new processes during development:
- Iterative releases - released slices of functionality to production every sprint
- Brings SignalR, AngularJS, TypeScript, and Mapbox together in one very appealing display
- Enhanced mobile app sync process to allow rapid location updates and canvass data uploads