Iris Faraway

  • Work hard, bake hard

    The Great British Bake Off is popular in our team, probably because our team is composed of humans. So, of course, we have enforced fun to go with it. We call it the 'sweepbake' or 'sweepsbake' (opinions are divided on the...

  • What I've learned in my first few weeks as a developer

    A little over two weeks ago, I started a new job in the Digital team as a Junior Developer. While this job is new to me, the team isn't – I first joined in January 2014 as a Content Producer....

  • Getting ready to go live

    As you might have noticed from our latest sprint notes, we're getting pretty close to shipping some of our first full sections of the beta site. We've had a handful of individual pages live for months now, all for new content....

  • Who can do what, and where

    We now have over 100 people using the new CMS, drawn from 48 organisations and 28 groups. We also recently crossed the threshold of 1,000 content items in the CMS (woohoo!) And aside from organisations, all those numbers are bound to go up....

  • Tracking the progress of the Beta: one whiteboard, 300 spreadsheets

    Very early into the Beta, we started to face a big question: how do we track the progress of the Beta programme? We use Trello and Pivotal within the team, but we didn't just want to track what we were...

  • How we prioritise our requirements for apps

    One of our ongoing programmes of work is improving the way we handle events. Events are managed and promoted in a broad range of ways across the University, using everything from our online store to Google forms and spreadsheets. This...

  • Alpha site release notes, 12 - 19 January

    On Monday 12 January, we launched an alpha version of our site to internal users, including a new external homepage and the about section, which is controlled by our new CMS alpha. Collectively we've been referring to these as the Alpha...

  • Show & Tell, 5 December 2014

    Our last Show & Tell of 2014 was held in the Council Chamber, for extra fanciness. This session enjoyed a sprinkle of festive magic, with two Christmas-themed presentations and some exciting live demos. Linting - Kelvin Following on from his...

  • Show & Tell, October 24 2014

    We celebrated 11 months of Show & Tell last week with another Show & Tell. On the agenda this week: editorial calendars, rebasing, analytics and some exciting new alphas. Flow - Charlotte Last month, Rhian talked about how she and...

  • Show & Tell, September 26 2014

    It's always nice to start our Fridays off on a good foot with a Show & Tell. Sadly we had a late drop-out as one of the presenters had to do Important Things, but we still had four presentations on everything from...