Who’d have thought I’d ever write that. After leaving the cosy bubble of Bristol, we were “sent to Cov” a couple of years back. It must have been something naughty we’d done… But last week I attended a conference that is just another example of how Coventry and the Midlands is thinking now. The Games […]Read More Midlands lead the way… Games for Health Conference 2016 #G4HUK2016
Our in-house development projects are well covered for Unit and Frontend tests since we adopted BDD (behat) and a bit of TDD (phpspec). However, creating lots of tests has an impact downstream on our shared Gitlab CI server. Every-time we push a new set of changes to GitLab the tests are taking 30mins to complete and […]Read More 4 simple ways to increase you GitLab CI test speed
Recently I’ve been looking to improve our app delivery QA. We’ve had to come up with a solution for our team to run the QA. So we got the test plan from them and currently the QA was being run from a spreadsheet… on one person’s machine. So after much chatting with our WMG Team, I lead the […]Read More Manual QA #FTW 😦
Just a quick techie post to help out any other laravelians’ who might hit this issue with Laravel 5.2 and database seeding. I’ve written a seeder and it keeps failing to seed when I run this, artisan migrate:refresh —seed [ReflectionException] Class LocalUsersSeeder does not exist Turns out the quick fix was all I had to […]Read More [ReflectionException] Class LocalUsersSeeder does not exist
Planning for Change, some evidence. Here’s a little follow up to my post, “Baking in” SCD. I’ve been forwarded this link which is exceptional in it’s brevity and information. I suggest anyone in HE should read it’s from the, “Leadership foundation for Higher Education” and is called, “Adaptive capability in higher education institutions“. It looks at […]Read More Re: “Baking in” SCD…
The following is a set of techniques that at WMG, Warwick University I have led and implemented on various digital projects to great success. Stakeholders are happy with it, and they’re not inadvertently altering the success chance of the projects. You’ll recognise this. Every project you run, has a plethora of stakeholders involved. In some large […]Read More We’re ignoring our stakeholders and they couldn’t be happier!
Recently I started scratching the surface of SCD here at Warwick University by reading a couple of online resources. Then last week I planned to and meet some of the core team. The chats we had introduced some really interesting new discussions and concepts to me around change programmes. SCD is a massive change programme […]Read More “Baking in” SCD tools to our staff’s daily appetite
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 a note of my training this afternoon. We looked at Epics and Adventures and how they sit in the overall weekly Scrum planning, Backlog Grooming and Release planning. We looked at Roles and Responsibilities within a FULL company setup, past and further than just the Scrum team. I was told about a new role in […]Read More Agile Release Management Training.