A chatbot that handles questions and requests from customers in order to streamline business communications and operations
with conversational interface
A Fortune 500 company
front-end web dev
July 2016 - March 2017
JOJO is a chatbot system that handles questions/requests from customers and streamlines business communications and operations. It was built for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company.
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As with many big telecommunication companies, this one was just beginning to explore the wide variety of uses for artificial intelligence/machine learning and the ways that it might build on existing assets within their consumer-facing and enterprise business arms. While much of the engineering expertise already exists within this company’s ecosystem, part of the challenge of pursuing this emerging technology was crafting concrete use-cases that fit within the existing business goals and utilized the company’s competitive advantage.
My team’s goal was to come up with and build working prototypes of chatbots that could provide new services and opportunities for the company and its customers/clients. JOJO is a chatbot system that handles questions/requests from customers and streamlines business communications and operations. The system is built in a modular way, so that the four major components - conversational UI, artificial intelligence, operations dashboard, and analytics - can be pulled out and rearranged for applicability across multiple industries and for many different use-cases.
Focusing on the company’s existing industry connections, we developed JOJO as part of a complete system for the hospitality industry that would augment existing hardware/network sales. In the next few months, the system may be incorporated into a small geo-fenced ad campaign for the company’s retail branch, as a way to provide a more active way of getting new customers into nearby Verizon stores. Throughout the development process we sought to tie the bot to the company’s existing portfolio of work and continue to build support for the project internally.
Product Design Process
The product development process incorporated industry and customer research (interviews, observation, and market research surveys), outlining specific use-cases, mapping out the conversation and user experience flows, researching and architecting the technical system, coding and training the scripts for the bot intent recognition and responses, and getting internal buy-in.
My contribution to the project included a mix of UX design, technical prototyping, and product positioning. I led much of the service design work - creating service blueprints, sequence diagrams, annotated wireframes - as well as the content strategy - crafting dialog trees and structuring the intents and entities in the bot framework. I collaborated with another designer on the visual design of the user interfaces, which included the mobile conversational UI plus a mission control dashboard and an analytics page (for the hospitality vertical). On the technical side, I did a lot of the bot scripting (coding the conversation waterfall and specific bot responses) and training, as well as provided engineering support on the web application front end.