Laravel Nova has blown me away in terms of ease of use and just how powerful it really is. For a project I am working on we have implemented Nova as a mix of a CMS and backend admin portal.
Once Nova is composer installed, and you've run
php artisan nova:install getting set up with the basic model is as simple as php artisan nova:resource Design. This creates a new Nova Resource that you can play with.
How we are using Nova
We set up Nova to track usage of a new feature we are rolling out. Using the Nova Resource and the Nova Metrics on the dashboard we can see at a quick glance how adoption is going.