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Track Your Work Accomplishments Easily, For Annual Review

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What I built

An app which makes it extremely easy to track your work accomplishments throughout the year.

Does This Happen To You Every Year Too?

Every year I get the same request from my manager: Send me a list of your accomplishments for the year.

Tracking Accomplishments Is A Pain

Every year I have the same internal dialogue: Why didn't I keep track of what I did throughout the year? The internal dialogue is quickly followed by panic and rummaging through an entire year of email in an effort to determine what I did.

No longer. With my Core Competencies Documenter SPA (Single Page App) which runs equally easily on a device (iPhone, Android) as it does on a desktop browser I can quickly record each accomplishment as it occurs.

Recording Entries Very Easy & Fast

The content of the app is based upon the fantastic document: 31 Core Competencies Explained.
This document helps create the app's guided structure of choices grouped into three main Business Competency Groups:

  1. Dealing With Business
  2. Dealing With People
  3. Self-management

Selecting a Competency Group guides the user into selecting the appropriate Competency and Supporting Examples which provide auto-documentation for each accomplishment (less typing/thinking required by user).

Finally, at the end of the year, the user simply switches to the Journal entries tab and display all of their accomplishments formatted for printing or emailing to their supervisor.

Category Submission: Built For Business

App Link

https://core-co-doc-ngkxu.ondigitalocean.app/
FYI - I removed my app from the digital ocean app server but it runs at my web site at: https://newlibre.com/coreco

Screenshots

When you load the app the first time you'll see:

Starting Core Competency tracker

You can simply add a Screen Name and save it so you can tell your account is loaded.
Here's a shot after saving a screen name and displaying your Secret ID (GUID).
Screen Name and Secret ID

You currently have no Journal Entries so none will be displayed if you click the Journal tab.
Empty Journal

However, the next time you have an accomplishment such as writing up a technical email which helps your team you can create a quick entry.

Select the Dealing With People Competency Group.

select competency group

A list of all the Core Competencies under that group will appear. We'll choose Written Communication.
Written Communication

Add your custom notes and select at least one Supporting Example and the app will allow you to save the Entry.

Add notes, supporting examples

Each time you save an Entry it will be date-stamped and added to your Journal.

Finally, at the end of the year you can switch to the Journal tab and display the list of Entries and print them or email to your manager.

Journal Entries

Easily Share Journals

If your manager wants to load your Journal she can easily do so by scanning your SecretID via QR Code and loading your entries.
QR Code

No Worries About Loading Your Original Account

Once you're done viewing or even adding entries to your employees account you can easily switch back to your own account by clicking the "Restore Original Secret" button (highlighted in red).

Restore Original

Why I Use The Secret ID Instead of User Account

I'm a Software Development Team Lead and I write reviews each year for my team members. I wanted to share the app with them and let them begin tracking their accomplishments but I knew if I required them to create yet another UserId/Password they'd be slow to try the app if they ever did. I wanted the barrier to entry to be extremely low so people would just try the app.

This way a person can just load the app and try adding an entry. If they end up seeing how easy it is to use they'll probably use it more.

Description

Features

Tight User Interface

Easily used from any device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone or pad) as well as desktop.

Self-training App Use

The app has one purpose : track your accomplishments based upon Core Competencies. That makes the app easy to learn to use. The App guides the user and a user can be tracking annual accomplishments in one minute or less.

Low Barrier to Entry

No need to create a user account. The app creates a GUID which allows the user to start working immediately.

Account Easily Transferable Via QR Code

The app will generate a QR Code that can be scanned so a manager can load any employee's accomplishments. The app can easily be used on multiple devices with the same account.

Link to Source Code

You can get all the source for the Core Competency Documenter at https://github.com/raddevus/CoreCoDoc

Permissive License

MIT License (provided with Github source)

Background

I wanted to make an app that was extremely easy to use to inspire users to actually use it each day. This is the app I wanted but couldn't find so I had to build it. :)

How I built it

Deploying to the DigitalOcean App Platform was really easy and the tools there are quite powerful. I'll be detailing more about this soon.

List of All Technologies Used To Build

  1. Bootstrap
  2. HTML5 (HTML, CSS,JavaScript)
  3. Google Firebase -- to save journal entries
  4. Dot Net Core (for Web API which is called to generate the QR Code)

Additional Resources/Info

I plan to add more about my development process here later.

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Juan Martínez

Hey, your submission is fantastic! Very clean, simple, and easy to use. I loved the simplicity and good looking of your app, congratulations!

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raddevus Author

Thanks for taking the time to check out my entry and app. Thanks for the comments too. I really was striving for simplicity too so it means a whole lot to me that you mentioned that. Good luck in the hackathon.

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raddevus Author

Thanks very much for taking your valuable time to try out my app and for the kind comments I really appreciate it.

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Chris Sev

Awesome submission! Love the detail in this post. Well done

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raddevus Author

You just made my day...my week!! Thanks for checking it out and commenting. I really appreciate your time.

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Seema Saharan

This is awesome and useful.

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raddevus Author

Thanks so much for taking a look at my entry and app and thanks especially for your kind comment. I'm so glad you liked it and found it useful. This is honestly an app I will use for my own needs. I'm eating my own dogfood here. 😃

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Seema Saharan

Absolutely, I will try it. I needed that kind of app. :D

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Sunny Praksah

Just mind-blowing. The way you have explained the usage. Really awesome.

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raddevus Author

Thanks so much for trying it out and commenting. I really appreciate it.

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Loïc Boset

Hi! That's indeed both a great post and a super cool (and useful) app! Will you keep working on it until January 10?

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raddevus Author

Thanks for checking out the post and the app and thanks even more for your kind comments. I really appreciate it. I will keep working on it. I want to get it to save to a separate DB that can be easily gen'd for the user so that each user can click a button and install the app (and associated DB) so each user can own/host all of their own data. That way each company could easily have their own entire app pipeline and not worry about any of the data.

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Bobby Iliev

Awesome submission and great post! Well done 🙌

Good luck with the hackaton!

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Claro A Briones

Good idea with a clean implementation. I like the fact you decided to go the HTML5 route, no need to over engineer if you don't have to. 😉

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raddevus Author

Thanks for checking out my entry and for your kind comments. I agree with you about not over-engineering.

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Antariksh Verma

It's cool and the design is retro. I like it!

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raddevus Author

Thanks for taking time to check it out and comment. I really appreciate it.

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Uditha Ishan

A valuable app and a great post!
Good luck!

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raddevus Author

Thanks a lot for taking your time to check out my entry and app. I really appreciate it.

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Ang Chun Yee

Your submission is amazing! Congratulations!

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raddevus Author

Thank you so much for checking out my entry and for your kind comments. I really appreciate it.

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Prasanna Kumar

Hey, Awesome submission. The app looks very neat.

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raddevus Author

Thanks a lot for taking a look at the entry and app. I really appreciate your kind comments. Good luck in the hackathon.