Amasa Product Development Update — 8 March 2022
From Will Birks, Founder and Core Contributor, Amasa
I’m pleased to share the first Amasa product development update with our wonderful community.
We’ve made great progress on the Amasa platform since the $AMAS IDO in October last year and are on track to delivering a working first version in mid-2022. Moving forward from today, we will be sharing regular product development updates with the community as we progress to product launch and beyond.
Today I’ll update you on:
- Product and development foundations
- Product architecture
- UX and UI design
- Technical development.
We will also be publishing a broader Amasa project update in the next month where we’ll share further developments in marketing, governance, partnerships and other news.
We highly value your feedback to help guide us on community needs and expectations and provide additional direction for project planning. Please consider joining me tomorrow, 9 March, in our joint-project AMA hosted by our partner, Idena, and of course you can always contact us through the Amasa Telegram Community group.
1. Product and development foundations
A key focus after our IDO was to build out a high calibre, experienced design and development team to deliver on the Amasa project vision and requirements — the latter which will evolve over time. The team we’ve built is a hybrid of internal and external talent working alongside our advisors. That team currently comprises the following roles:
- Lead Developer
- Solutions Architect
- Senior Developer
- UI / UX Designer
- Product Manager
- Project Manager.
The Amasa design and development team also of course regularly collaborates with the Amasa marketing and partnership functions and other core contributors. The development team make-up will augment over time to grow the internal component; bringing in community-sourced resources with increased community input on the platform in line with plans for the AMAS governance token and long-term decentralisation.
Further product research and environmental analysis
While building out the design and development team, in October and November the Amasa project team embarked on a “Discovery 2.0” phase. This involved workshopping and deeper dives into product assessment, audiences and personas, user tasks, technical research, market and external environment analysis; areas that the core team already covered in project development in 2020 and 2021, but that we needed a fresh, deeper review of and that we wanted to engage the full team in.
Development infrastructure setup and planning
After onboarding, from November the team busied itself with establishing required development environments including web deployment setup, dev tooling, CircleCI, code repositories and web app scaffolding. We also built out our product development roadmap and established project management tools.
Under the current roadmap, we are planning a limited release of the MVP for alpha and beta testing before finalising and releasing the v1 product. Current timelines have the MVP ready in June and the v1 release in July (subject to possible change based on scope changes arising in the development process).
2. Product architecture
Based on insights and personas derived in the further foundational research and planning, in January the team started developing user workflows.
We then developed the smart contract architectural design. Using Behaviour Driven Development (BDD), the team scoped out and developed the scenarios related to the following features:
- A smart contract to allow a micro-income stream provider to send tokens to Amasa
- A smart contract to allow bridging of funds between chains
- A smart contract which creates, sets and retrieves the user’s values related to how they want their funds to be automatically allocated
- A smart contract which allows us to swap one token for another.
3. UX and UI design
With user workflows finalised, the team started with low fidelity wireframes, then progressed on to higher fidelity versions in February. The team has focused a lot of energy on the important onboarding process where users can connect their wallet, choose investment options, and set up and confirm auto-allocations.
Please keep in mind that the screenshots below are not finalised UI wireframes or designs!
The design team is now working on high fidelity UI designs. It’s a bit early to share these, but we look forward to doing that soon.
4. Technical development
With the finalised architecture in place, in February the dev team started working on:
- Implementation of the smart contract architecture outlined in part 2 above, starting with the creation of native tokens and swapping, bridging and withdrawal of tokens
- The Amplify and Stablecoin liquidity pools
- Front end tasks like user wallet connection and onboarding flow.
These aspects are progressing well and new scope is scheduled for commencement in March.
As we’ve known from the start, Amasa is breaking new ground in allowing users to combine and amplify small amounts of web3 incomes spread across various tokens. This requires new thinking and solutions, particularly to minimise transaction costs. We look forward to sharing more on these technical solutions in future updates.
Thanks again to the great community of people who share our vision and belief in the Amasa project. We will continue to provide regular product updates focusing on key areas of development and the latest progress along our roadmap.
Again, please consider joining me in our joint-project AMA hosted by our partner Idena on 9 March, and of course you can always contact us through the Amasa Telegram Community group.
Will Birks, Founder and Core Contributor, Amasa
Amasa’s mission is to empower people everywhere to capture and capitalise on the wealth building potential of micro income streams and DeFi. We are working to inspire mass adoption of Web 3.0 platforms that reward participants for their gaming, time, energy, attention, content, data and interactions.
We’re doing that by building the world’s first micro income stream investment app. The Amasa app will make micro income streams easy to capture, combine and access as a stabilised income, then amplify through user-selected DeFi investment options.
Combine. Stabilise. Amplify. All in the background of everyday life.
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