As we’re speccing and delivering more digital systems at WMG, Warwick University, we’re beginning to re-evaluate how we handle reporting from each and every system. It’s becoming clear that every online application or process seems to implement a different set of reporting tools by default. Currently we have 2 which output custom .csv’s (comma separated […]Read More Simplifying Digital Reporting Tools in WMG, Warwick Uni
The previous state of the union post. I wanted to do more, of these but have I? This is just a post reminding me of various bits I’ve done these past 6 months. Digital Strategy Unify our custom development endeavors Leading the unification of previous dev work into a team accessible resource Staff training in GIT […]Read More State of the Unicorn (from Sep to Dec 2015)
Just add this above the only test you want to run, and then you don’t need to wait for a whole suite to hit that 1 test you need to fix! This is a follow on from Behat speeding up /** * @group now */ phpunit –group nowRead More Speed up you PHPunit testing workflow!
No more clear, “oh crap, scroll up, scroll up, scroll up… now which Console command is this a read out from?” You can thank me laterRead More Clear the Mac Terminal window in one written command (Cmd + K)
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. Agile Training * I have delivered three separate sets of Agile training * Once for the Project Management Networking Group * […]Read More State of the union (since starting at Warwick Uni)
Today we had to change a large process that wasn’t working. The State. A web development being built hasn’t got automated tests written for it and requires an office member to go through and MANUALLY test every item. Basically what Behat or DalekJS should be doing… Anyway, the tests were all written in 1 document. […]Read More Being brave enough to change a process
Today I attended some training on Excellent Customer Service provided by the University. The reason I signed up was because some of the work I’ve taken over here for providing Moodle Gradebook support is not “so hot” right now. It feels like we’re failing on some really basic stuff, which is frustrating to both me […]Read More Excellent Customer Service training
I believe yes, you should. With the proper caveats and training, your client should be able to see what’s going on. The client has fewer surprises, is in on the problems and #FTW’s. They feel more connected to the product and weirdly will start to feel more “onside”. Sure it might seem scary at first, […]Read More Should you allow clients into your bug tracking software?
I’ve been asked in interviews, “which one I prefer and why?”, however I’ve never really had a reason for choosing SASS over LESS apart from I found SASS first! They’re both pretty similar and they’re both really useful. However, now I’m starting to find reasons with the packages I’m using more frequently. As I’m moving forward […]Read More Dropping SASS for LESS
So on the Agile Development project I’m running we don’t have a feature to sort out a live or testing server yet. In fact that might still be a couple of weeks off. So how do you show your work off earlier for quality assurance before you have a server? We’ve found at the University […]Read More Present development work without a live server