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MVP Lab
10 April, 2024 • 3 minutes

LEGALARK – A DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE

LEGALARK – A DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE

Legalark offers users the ability to effortlessly create documents from templates while automating and standardizing the document approval process.
Legalark offers users the ability to effortlessly create documents from templates while automating and standardizing the document approval process.

Challenge

Document management poses significant challenges for companies, with documents often scattered across various employees and versions, leading to inefficiencies and wasted time. Recognizing these issues, our client sought to develop a service to streamline and automate document management processes.

Challenge

Document management poses significant challenges for companies, with documents often scattered across various employees and versions, leading to inefficiencies and wasted time. Recognizing these issues, our client sought to develop a service to streamline and automate document management processes.

Solution

To address these challenges, we proposed the following plan:

1. Conduct market and competitor research.
2. Execute CustDev interviews to understand user needs.
3. Define necessary features based on Job Stories.
4. Develop an MVP and gather user feedback.

PRODUCT DISCOVERY
To validate the idea, we analyzed the LegalTech and Electronic Document Management (EDM) market.

Market research revealed a growing demand for automation and standardization in business processes, particularly among small businesses lacking accessible solutions.

CUSTDEV
Through 12 interviews with lawyers and executives, we identified key user needs and developed Job Stories to guide product development. This helped clarify the necessary functionalities to make the product beneficial.

DESIGN
We opted for an MVP approach to mitigate time and resource risks. Key features included:

- Document creation from templates.
- Standardization and automation of document approval.
- Document archive with search and filter capabilities.

MVP DEVELOPMENT
The MVP comprises two essential components: a user service developed using React and an admin panel powered by Strapi.

The admin panel serves as the control center for managing the service, facilitating tasks such as client management and template creation to cater to diverse user needs.

Within the user service, we've implemented the following key functionalities:

- Document status viewing on the "desktop," complete with filtering and search capabilities.
- Clicking on a document in the list opens a sidebar displaying its status, parameters, associated tasks, and editing options.
- Streamlined document creation process: Users select the document type, input parameters, and receive the completed document generated from a template automatically.
- The archive serves as a repository for inactive documents, featuring search and filtering functionalities for easy retrieval.
- User settings enable collaboration by allowing users to add colleagues to work on documents. Personal data management and colleague addition for document collaboration can be done through the "User Settings" tab.

Solution

To address these challenges, we proposed the following plan:

1. Conduct market and competitor research.
2. Execute CustDev interviews to understand user needs.
3. Define necessary features based on Job Stories.
4. Develop an MVP and gather user feedback.

PRODUCT DISCOVERY
To validate the idea, we analyzed the LegalTech and Electronic Document Management (EDM) market.

Market research revealed a growing demand for automation and standardization in business processes, particularly among small businesses lacking accessible solutions.

CUSTDEV
Through 12 interviews with lawyers and executives, we identified key user needs and developed Job Stories to guide product development. This helped clarify the necessary functionalities to make the product beneficial.

DESIGN
We opted for an MVP approach to mitigate time and resource risks. Key features included:

- Document creation from templates.
- Standardization and automation of document approval.
- Document archive with search and filter capabilities.

MVP DEVELOPMENT
The MVP comprises two essential components: a user service developed using React and an admin panel powered by Strapi.

The admin panel serves as the control center for managing the service, facilitating tasks such as client management and template creation to cater to diverse user needs.

Within the user service, we've implemented the following key functionalities:

- Document status viewing on the "desktop," complete with filtering and search capabilities.
- Clicking on a document in the list opens a sidebar displaying its status, parameters, associated tasks, and editing options.
- Streamlined document creation process: Users select the document type, input parameters, and receive the completed document generated from a template automatically.
- The archive serves as a repository for inactive documents, featuring search and filtering functionalities for easy retrieval.
- User settings enable collaboration by allowing users to add colleagues to work on documents. Personal data management and colleague addition for document collaboration can be done through the "User Settings" tab.

Results

Our team successfully developed an MVP of the Legalark service, currently undergoing testing with our initial clients. Legalark offers companies a solution to reduce costs associated with document creation and storage while streamlining the document management process through automation.

Results

Our team successfully developed an MVP of the Legalark service, currently undergoing testing with our initial clients. Legalark offers companies a solution to reduce costs associated with document creation and storage while streamlining the document management process through automation.

CONCLUSION

Market saturation doesn't necessarily indicate effective utilization of existing solutions. Complexity or lack of alignment with a company's specialization can render them underutilized. Hence, thorough Product Discovery is indispensable before making market judgments.

Understanding the true needs of a product entails considering not only user requirements but also the intricacies of the company's business processes. It's crucial that your tool integrates seamlessly into existing workflows rather than complicating them. Achieving this integration involves conducting Customer Development with all stakeholders involved in the process.

Creating a massive service immediately isn't always necessary for delivering value. Identifying the core problem and devising a solution is paramount. Only after validating the MVP should full resource investment be considered.

CONCLUSION

Market saturation doesn't necessarily indicate effective utilization of existing solutions. Complexity or lack of alignment with a company's specialization can render them underutilized. Hence, thorough Product Discovery is indispensable before making market judgments.

Understanding the true needs of a product entails considering not only user requirements but also the intricacies of the company's business processes. It's crucial that your tool integrates seamlessly into existing workflows rather than complicating them. Achieving this integration involves conducting Customer Development with all stakeholders involved in the process.

Creating a massive service immediately isn't always necessary for delivering value. Identifying the core problem and devising a solution is paramount. Only after validating the MVP should full resource investment be considered.

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