project management

Hold Up! Before you Accept Delivery of Your New Website, Use this Checklist

One of the keys to a great website is that it works for all stakeholders will little or no training. Is content management intuitive?  Is the site accessible? Do you need to train people on how to maintain the site?  All of these questions should be answered before the site goes live. In this session, we will deliver a checklist for you to follow before you go into User Acceptance Testing to ensure that you get exactly what you expected from your web development team or web development vendor.

Better Project Management Through Board Games

The skills that are required to be a successful Project Manager encompass a great many things, and the expertise you acquire can be applied universally across every industry and most job roles. They're so broadly applicable that you can develop the skillset needed even outside of the workplace in everyday life... Like by playing Board Games! In this session, we'll identify some of the core competencies for a Project Management, and suggest Board Games that leverage these concepts which you can play to level up your Project Management Skills!

Iterative UX: Find It Cambridge Case Study

A handful of visionary people in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts wanted an online resource to help families easily find activities, services, and resources. Find It Cambridge was informed and further inspired by extensive initial research done by Code for Boston and the City of Cambridge.  As this was wrapping up, the city brought Agaric in, so we found ourselves in the incredibly fortunate situation of starting with this in-depth knowledge.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Design & Development Collaboration

This talk explores common myths between design and development, and I’m here to bust them! Is this you? - A designer wondering what happens to your beloved mockups after handed off to the development team - A developer having nightmares about the intricacies of design and functionalities seeming way off base of budget and scope - A project manager watching from the sidelines wondering how this process can be improved

Pivoting in a Project

As a Project Manager, Strategist, Developer, Designer, or Stakeholder, we are all part of the puzzle—and it's crucial to keep sight of the big picture—even when we’re required to pivot from the original plan. Pivots come in a variety of shapes and sizes. They can be a minor change that’s quickly integrated into the scope or a major departure that alters the entire course of the project.

Beyond babysitting and cat herding : How servant leadership makes for a better project manager

In a recent annual review, my boss acknowledged that the team appreciated my servant leadership on projects. Even though I had heard of this style of leadership, at first I was taken aback and almost offended by the term. I might’ve had a chip on my shoulder from battling stereotypes of females in the workplace and constantly proving myself as more than a notetaker and meeting scheduler. The last thing I wanted to be labeled as was a servant! 

Euthanizing Drupal: Archiving, Migrations, Transformations

The "end of the line" is getting closer for Drupal 7 sites, particularly those created by individual researchers with digital scholarly projects. Drupal 8(+) development of key modules for these sites has stalled-- or never begun. What should these researchers do with these sites, some already in various states of disrepair after years of inconsistent maintenance? This talk reflects on work done at Stanford University, and within the broad digital humanities community, to steer researchers towards an honest reckoning about their Drupal sites.

Case Study: Closing the CX Gap - Building a Customer Centric Transportation Site

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of the region. It provides bus, light rail, and paratransit services as well as participates as a funding partner in regional rail service.

Piles of Post-Its - Staying Organized to Focus on What Matters

This session is for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by a giant and ever-expanding list of tasks and priorities. How do you keep them organized and prioritized to ensure you’re completing what’s most urgent and important, but also that nothing is slipping through the cracks?

Translating Drupal into English… with Props!

When Lily first started working near Drupal (account and project management in a Drupal agency), she came from working near French (marketing and fundraising for a French cultural center). She immediately approached Drupal as a new language, and used this perspective to learn and then to teach. She saw how clients and non-technical colleagues can easily be left out of the conversation by pervasive jargon… fields, views, and modules, oh my! Most of the time, the team does not realize they are doing this, nor how to quickly and easily bring everyone into the discussion.