Short sprint this one on account of the glorious August Bank Holiday weekend. And because of the extra University holiday, we're publishing this edition of the sprint notes a little earlier than usual.
What we did
Made it easier for students to order a prospectus by improving the layout of the form and language used. So long USSR.
Started looking at how we can merge /new-ug and /first-year-ug to provide a clear user journey and remove redundant content. This involved writing and consolidating user stories, matching them to our existing content and identifying gaps or duplication.
Met with the International Student Advice Team to talk about the third [and in this project final] sprint to improve visa information for staff and students.
The Professional Services transition crew began building a new Intellectual Property & Legal Services section, and sent the crucial sub sections on the complexities of IP law to the IPLS team for their review prior to release. We supported the release of the new Security section. Met with Computing Services to outline content and feature auditing to take place in September. And the team sat down to plot out the last month of the transition project.
Prototyped (in Rails) the ability to manage user roles, views and permissions for all staff involved in creating our online and printed prospectuses.
Investigated ways of automating content updates in InDesign using XML - including creating custom tagged frame layouts and dabbling with XSLT. All in the name of a more streamlined and unified approach to publishing the digital and print versions of the prospectus.
Updated our image guidelines with visual examples. This means Dan's spent most of the week finding the worst images he can and then putting them on the website. He's been a very conflicted man.
There have been 80 tickets received in to Web Support with 60 being resolved this week. The main query (as per usual) was to update pages in the CMS. Thanks to Tom Natt for covering support whilst Chris was on his travels.
Another odd little sprint next because of the Bank Holiday - not complaining. Here's what's planned:
- Continuing with the merger of new arrivals sections
- Keeping on with IPLS, OPP and the remaining Professional Services transitions
- Chipping away at the blogs backlog
- Starting to roll out Universal Analytics across the domain
- Progressing the set up of a performance dashboard for bath.ac.uk.
That lot will keep us out of trouble.
Now, here's a little number to get you in the mood for the looong weekend...