MoSCoW planning poker

Backlog refinement One agile practice that we’ve adopted from Scrum is that of product backlog refinement. In short, it involves representatives from both the project level team (project manager, business visionary, technical coordinator, etc.) and solution development team getting together periodically …

Monday 13 March 2017 | Agile


Benchmarking the Study webpages

Over the next few weeks the new Subject and undergraduate course pages will go live and Course Search will be taken down. With such a drastic change about to occur on the University’s website it’s crucial that we monitor any impact …

Thursday 2 February 2017 | Study at St Andrews website


How the UG digital prospectus is an improvement on Course Search

The digital communications team is almost finished with our undergraduate digital prospectus project. The main purpose of the digital prospectus is to provide more detailed, tailored and targeted information about each UG course than our current tool, Course Search, provides. …

Wednesday 18 January 2017 | DC1001 External website redevelopments


A sneak peek at the undergraduate course pages

The digital communications team has been hard at work creating, developing and designing the academic subject pages (phase 3 of our digital prospectus business case) and the undergraduate course pages. The subject page system is being built to replace course …

Friday 13 January 2017 | DC1001 External website redevelopments


The difference between acceptance criteria and definition of done

Back in August I wrote a post called “How do you know when you’re done?” in which I explored the agile concept of the “definition of done” or “done done”. However, in conversations with developers over the last few weeks …

Wednesday 14 December 2016 | Agile


How we schedule work requests from other projects

Over the last couple of months we’ve had a number of requests from people and projects, somewhat out of the blue, asking for pieces of work to be completed with a deadline within only a couple of days of asking. …

Friday 9 December 2016 | Agile


Seven of my favourite books on Agile

I first encountered Agile at the Scotland on Rails conference in Edinburgh in early 2008. While much of the conference (about Ruby on Rails, a server-side web application framework written in Ruby) went sailing over my head, the keynote speaker …

Friday 25 November 2016 | Agile


How using Trello and agile can help improve time management

I recently attended a time management training course put on by CAPOD. The session was very insightful, providing useful and practical techniques to become more efficient at work. However, during the session I realised that many of the time management …

Wednesday 12 October 2016 | Agile


Undergraduate course pages – research and development

Having already designed, created and launched centralised web pages to advertise the University’s taught postgraduate courses we have now turned our attention to redesigning the way undergraduate courses are advertised. Why? The rationale for both the new taught postgraduate course pages …

Monday 10 October 2016 | DC1001 External website redevelopments


Beginning the migration to T4v8

We are now able to upgrade our website content management system, TerminalFour, to the latest version, T4v8. In a previous post, we explained how we planned to move to T4v8, and now that the plan is in action, here is …

Wednesday 28 September 2016 | Projects