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Topic: Sprint notes

Digital team sprint notes 15-28 November

📥  Sprint notes

What we did

  • Updated the links in the footer of the new pages to point directly to the correct locations (Copyright, Freedom of Information etc.)
  • Reduced the size of headings in the sidebar of filtered lists
  • Improved the consistency of lists on Person Profiles
  • Made sure that the subtype of a content item is consistently displayed across Collections, Landing Pages and the content item itself
  • Allowed lists of Team Profiles to be filtered by subtype
  • Improved the layout of Team Profiles on small screens
  • Added ‘Minutes’ and ‘Programme specification’ subtypes to Publications
  • Viewport meta tag is now correctly formatted to improve mobile layout
  • Profiles with no role information no longer display a massive bio pic
  • Added space under the ‘Accessibility’ information on Events sidebar
  • Resolved 189 requests to web-support
  • Resolved 14 items of content maintenance. These included:

What we’re going to do

  • Update how we build our stylesheets to make them easier to use for new staff
  • Ensure that the application logs are being managed correctly to help us find any problems
  • Set up email notifications when errors occur
  • Carry out some discovery on the best way to move content items through different workflow states
  • Improve our documentation for people getting Content Publisher running for the first time
  • Add a “Booking closed” option to the Event content type

 

Digital team sprint notes 1 - 14 November

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What we did

  • Added subtypes to Team Profiles
  • Enabled drag-and-drop sorting for members of a Team Profile
  • Changed the ordering of the 'Enquiries' and 'Address' fields on Department pages to make their location more predictable
  • Allowed publishers to preview a content item without sending it to the Review state first
  • Increased the amount of spacing under embedded media content
  • Improved layout consistency between different screen sizes
  • Published new content about the University's research integrity and ethics
  • Changed our own process for writing content from scratch
  • We handled 27 items of content support. These included:
  • Resolved 154 requests for support

And last but far from least, we welcomed Tom Dennis to the team as a new Content Producer!

What we're going to do

  • Update the links in the footer of the new pages to point directly to the correct locations
  • Improve our testing by automating data transfer between our staging and production systems
  • Reduce the size of headings in the sidebar of filtered lists
  • Improve the consistency of lists on Person Profiles
  • Make sure that the subtype of a content item is consistently displayed across Collections, Landing Pages and the content item itself
  • Allow lists of Team Profiles to be filtered by subtype
  • Improve the layout of Team Profiles on small screens
  • Add new subtypes to the Publication content type

 

Digital team sprint notes 18 - 31 October

📥  Sprint notes

What we shipped

  • The first Faculty to transition into the Content Publisher is now live. You can browse the new Faculty of Engineering & Design section here.
  • Improved layout consistency by updating the vertical rhythm and typographic scale
  • Improved the legibility of long pages by updating the sizing for all our headings
  • Content that appears in the sidebar on large screens no longer butts up against the edge of the sreen on small screens
  • When a publisher updates a content item which doesn't belong to their organisation it no longer changes which organisation owns it
  • Publishers can now choose the ordering of people listed in Team Profiles
  • Changed our titling of "Team members" on Team Profile pages to be more generic
  • Provided a sitemap.xml file to make sure that all our pages published by Content Publisher are indexed by Google and on-site search
  • We handled 15 items of content support including:
    • updates to visa pages to point to new Tier 4 booking system
    • updates UG funding pages to reflect funding on offer for 2017 entry
    • updates to UG tuition fees pages
    • found alternatives to Vimeo for video content aimed at audiences in China
  • resolved 143 incoming requests for support

What we're going to ship

  • Improve layout consistency between different screen sizes
  • Increase the amount of spacing underneath embedded media content
  • Allow publishers to re-order members of a Team Profile by drag-and-drop
  • Add new subtypes to Team Profiles
  • Change the ordering of the 'Enquiries' and 'Address' fields on Department pages to make their location more predictable
  • Improve our testing by automating data transfer between our staging and production systems
  • The first part of allowing publishers to put a content item into preview without requiring it to enter the Review state

 

Digital team sprint notes 4 - 17 October

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We're looking to hire two Ruby on Rails developers, so read a bit more about the team and come join us!

What we shipped

  • Team profiles now get republished when an associated Person Profile is published
  • List of users in the Content Publisher is now ordered alphabetically by display name
  • Superscript is now enabled in Markdown
  • List of content items includes role holder names for Person Profiles
  • Better item spacing on landing pages
  • Publishers can now search for content items in the Content Publisher
  • List of existing content items is paginated
  • 34 pieces of content maintenance
  • Lots of Student Recruitment content making good progress through the content transition board

What we're going to ship

  • Improve layout consistency by updating the vertical rhythm and typographic scale
  • Improve the legibility of long pages by updating the sizing for all our headings
  • Content that appears in the sidebar on large screens will no longer butt up against the edge of the sreen on small screens
  • When a publisher updates a content item which doesn't belong to their organisation it will no longer change which organisation owns it
  • Allow publishers to choose the ordering of people listed in Team Profiles
  • Change our titling of "Team members" on Team Profile pages to be more generic
  • Add new Team Profile subtypes
  • Provide a sitemap.xml file to make sure that all our pages are indexed by Google and site search

 

Digital team sprint notes 6 September - 3 October

📥  Sprint notes

What we delivered in the last two sprints

  • Admins can create and publish Collections
  • Collections are now listed at http://www.bath.ac.uk/collections/
  • The layout of our static lists matches the layout of our dynamic filtered lists
  • Publishers can restrict access to Publication attachments
  • Admins can now add up to 8 labels to a content item, up from 5
  • We created a prototype of a visual regression testing platform (we used this guide)
  • Tore down the alpha projects we've created over the last few years
  • Made our Collection and Landing Page templates share some markup and styles to make them easier to maintain
  • Delivered 79 items of content maintenance

We were also joined by Sean Moran-Richards as our new Digital Supporter and Iris Faraway as our new Junior Developer, welcome aboard!

In the next sprint we will deliver these things

  • Publishers will be able to search the editing backend for the content they want to edit
  • The list of content presented to publishers will be paginated
  • Person Profiles listed to publishers will include the person's name as well as role
  • When a Person Profile title is changed, any relevant Team Profiles will be updated and republished automatically
  • The layout of a pinned item on a Collection will improve
  • The sizing of our headings in content items will improve, on all screen sizes
  • We'll improve how people use Team Profiles to represent different types of team

We'll also be starting the next of the sprints on our Student Recruitment transition - one of the most visible areas of www.bath.ac.uk!

 

 

Digital team sprint notes 23 August - 5 September

📥  Sprint notes

What we delivered this sprint

We have shipped the new Security section of the site which includes 30 new content items to help visitors with parking, lost property and other incidents on campus.

Content items can now be filtered by label so you can see lists like all the Guides for Undergraduate Induction. These lists are linked to from the 'Explore' section at the bottom of the relevant Collection, such as Undergraduate Induction 2016.

We've standardised the headings in our Events type so that the Speaker profiles section has the same weight as the other sections in the sidebar.

We've written up our first round of group and one-to-one testing on our Organisation Landing Pages, giving us great feedback on how we structure information on these pages.

We created a prototype of searching for a content item inside the Content Publisher, so that publishers can access the item they want to edit more quickly.

In the next sprint we will deliver these things

  • Deliver the new Collections input and output
  •  Increase the maximum number of labels which administrators can add to a content item to 8 (from 5)
  •  Add lists of Collections to bath.ac.uk

 

Digital team sprint notes 27 July - 22 August

📥  Sprint notes

If you are on campus, you can read about the latest Content Publisher changes as and when they happen at http://go.bath.ac.uk/beta-release-notes. The monthly Digital Roadmap also contains information about recently delivered features and a longer-term view on what we're delivering next.

What we've delivered

  • We've added "External Item" as a content type so that publishers can now pin pages hosted by older content management systems or off-site resources to Organisation Landing Pages
  • We updated the Worldwide Collection to feature our activities in Brazil
  • We shipped three new Collections for Induction: Undergraduate Induction, Taught Postgraduate Induction and Postgraduate Research Induction. In the process, we cleared off a huge amount of old content debt from three different areas of the website. This is also the first time ever that we have a provided a single, dedicated area for PGR induction information.
  • We worked with colleagues at Academic Registry to transition their information about Individual Mitigating Circumstances from an old Dreamweaver section to easily accessible guides and publications. This section is now being fact-checked and we hope to launch it soon.
  • Publishers can now attach .ics (calendar) files to Publications
  • New subtypes are available: "Press release" for Announcements, "Letter" and "Timetable" for Corporate Information and "Handbook" for Publications
  • Course Publisher is now using a reliable database infrastructure

What we're going to deliver

We have a lot of people on leave over the Bank Holiday week, and are in the first of multiple sprints to transition part of our student recruitment content. Nevertheless we will:

  • substantially improve the mechanism for creating and editing Collections
  • make the headings in the sidebar of an Event type all be the same size
  • write up our first round of testing on our Organisation Landing Pages

 

Digital team sprint notes, 28 June – 11 July

📥  Sprint notes

If you are on campus, you can read about the latest Content Publisher changes as and when they happen at http://go.bath.ac.uk/beta-release-notes

What we've delivered

  • Allowed admins to set up labels in the Content Publisher
  • Finished some discovery work on how we can improve our styling for headings
  • Made caching more selective, so you no longer have to refresh certain pages to get the latest version (like the staff landing page or noticeboard)
  • Fixed several bugs for padding and spacing
  • Fixed a font size bug that was causing issues for landing pages in Safari
  • Continued working on our induction content for new students
  • Continued working on our next iteration of Worldwide
  • Published the first transitioned RIS pages

What we're going to deliver

  • Report on user research we did at the June Open Days
  • Redesign the header for smartphones so more content is initially visible
  • Allow admins to associate content items to labels
  • Implement collections in the Content Publisher
  • Implement lists of collections
  • Continue work on induction
  • Continue work on Worldwide

Digital team sprint notes 28 May - 27 June

📥  Sprint notes

If you are on campus, you can read about the latest Content Publisher changes as and when they happen on http://go.bath.ac.uk/beta-release-notes

What we've delivered

  • Organisations can pin content from associated groups to their landing page
  • Publishers can now choose from a list of content types to show in the 'About us' section on a Landing Page
  • There is now a new 'Academic profile' subtype of Person Profile
  • Page number navigation boxes in our content lists have a larger area you can click/touch on
  • More content is initially visible when you look at the pages on small-screen devices
  • Added new 'procedure' and 'speech' subtypes to Corporate Information pages
  • Content items now display the subtype name instead of the type in the summary information (except for Guides)
  • Locations now have a link to get directions via Google maps (if latitude and longitude have been provided)
  • Completed our Person Profile testing with the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science
  • Carried out some detailed discovery on our heading sizes and how and where they're used so that we can make improvements
  • The Admissions and Outreach section is now live
  • The Widening Participation section is now live
  • The award ceremonies section is now live

What we're going to deliver

  • Content Publisher administrators can add Topics
  • Publishers will be able to associate Content Items to Topics
  • Publisher administrators will be able to create and manage Collection pages
  • Site visitors will be able to filter lists of content by subtype
  • People using small-screen devices to visit the site will see (even more) content without needing to swipe up
  • Content for the next iteration of Worldwide, focusing on our connections with Brazil
  • Prepare to launch the Induction section for new students starting in September
  • Continue supporting transition for Research Innovation Services, Computing Services and Security

 

Digital team sprint notes 17 - 27 May

📥  Sprint notes

It's time for Sprint notes! This sprint we lost a day due to the bank holiday, but we still packed in plenty.

Without any more unnecessary words, here we go:

What we've delivered in the last two weeks

  • In-page navigation menu on detailed guides. This will help our users easily see and find information on the page.
  • Many minor (but important) changes to the layout of the Person profile, based on user testing at the University of Bristol and with our own Engineering and School of Management academics. Some of these changes include:
    • Reordering the information on the page to better suit the audience
    • Renaming "Enquiries" to 'Contacts'
  • The content team worked with the Computing Services transition team to write:
    • 13 guides
    • 6 service starts
    • 2 locations
    • 1 corporate information
  • Started the discovery and planning for Worldwide's take over to Brazil
  • Met with colleagues around the University to plan out a Postgraduate Research user journey and user stories

What we plan to do in the next two weeks

  • Guest Accommodation collection page
  • Allow organisations to pin content from associated groups to their landing page
  • Transition Admissions and Outreach and Widening Participation content
  • Wrap up the RIS, Computer Services and Security transitions
  • Continue working on Worldwide's Brazil project