The end of the year

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2011 has been a busy year here in Web Services. We have had five colleagues leave, another one head off to have twins and four new people start. We have released sites, deleted applications, built all manner of awesome stuff and solved problems. Through it all, we have worked hard to demonstrate the value of engaging with the web properly and professionally.

This is the point where I am supposed to give some kind of retrospective about what has and what hasn't worked. We tried Scrum as a project management setup, for instance. That didn't work for us but we learned a lot from our experiences and many aspects are still present in our day to day working practices. We tried a specific mobile site for out last Open Day. The statistics and feedback show that this was a success, and one we could better in the future.

It is difficult to single out a single event as the definitive expression of the team's work during the year however I'm going to give it a go. For me, the pinnacle was the launch of the new homepage. It marked the point where the central university site changed from being old and blue with a few new-style pages into a proper new site with some old and blue pages yet to be replaced. It really was a turning point and I think the way the site is changing into a professionally designed and written cohesive environment is a great monument to the hard work of everyone in Web Services.

Lots of other things have happened, of course. It would be lovely to have everyone here select high points from the last year however since almost everyone else has already retired for the year for a well-earned rest, I'm going to abandon that idea. All that remains is to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone here at Web Services!

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