A small state of the union post so I don’t forget my journey so far…
The largest change is introducing my Agile experience into many aspects of workflow and to many members of staff.
* I have delivered three separate sets of Agile training
* Once for the Project Management Networking Group
* Once for the WMG IT team
* Once for an individual member of staff
I have introduced some better online tools to support the University’s work
* Trello – The whole IT team use it now to track and collaborate on their work
* Quickcast – The use of screen casting to show staff how to use certain material
* Continuous Integration – GitLab’s CI runner Is now provided by the University following me pushing for access
* Google analytics – To prove that students are using more of their own devices which are Apple based, than the university owned Windows machines
* Twitter Bootstrap must be used across all our custom apps. Our custom built apps from externals had custom CSS wrappers, but now use Twitter bootstrap 3.
Methods of working
* A lot of the Moodle work is “Handle turning”, I have floated the idea of an apprentice,
which has led to a summer intern coming in (got ahead of myself, summer interns are always here!)
* IT partners – Following the Agile training, the following ideas of roles and responsibilities of a Product Owner leading and ordering tasks in priorities was taken on for our WMG IT partners
* We use an Agile approach to define what work should be done next. “If it went live tomorrow, what would we need?”
* Folder organistion
* Server registration
* Repository Model
* Behaviour Driven Development testing
* Unit testing
* One of my three University wide ideas has gone onto review stage, using rechargeable mics for presenting will save on batteries and reduce support calls
* Biddr – an online reverse auction. I coached Agile to the staff and also built this learning tool in Laravel 4.
* Gradr – an online app to consolidate marks from multiple modules into one simple dashboard. It provides students a single overview and tutors an overall table of their students marks. I coached the staff in Agile and also built this in Laravel 5.
- More Project management
- More Laravel 5 and Elastic Search
- Improving the University’s IT network (of people, not wires)
- More training, hopefully in leadership (it’s different here to a small self-owned company!)