Hackney Re-Platforming Weeknotes Week ending: 2020-02-07

Weeknotes are a way for us to keep people informed about progress on the project. Given the technical nature of the re-platforming work we will use them to explain technical choices that we are making, including the benefit and impact of these choices. 

Project goals

  • Enable housing officers to use MaT offline when there is poor mobile coverage
  • Enable Hackney to decommission Outsystems, saving £80,000 per year
  • Enable Hackney to support, develop and deploy future improvements to MaT more quickly, at lower cost

Sprint goals:

The goals for this sprint are to:

  1. Replatform all of the Tenancy and Household Check and Home Check frontend (including save and return and unable to enter property journey)
  2. Address any issues or feedback from offline testing and acceptance testing for T&HC and HC
  3. Get in a position to start testing with users by before the end of Feb (for T&HC and Home Check)

Good things

The new processes work offline. We have tested offline functionality with the team and it is working well. We’re looking forward to completing the end-to-end journey for T&HC and testing save-and-return.

Tenancy and Household check has largely been built. We have completed most of this process now, and it has gone through acceptance testing with Gill. 

We’re still on track to get the rebuilt service in front of Housing Officers during February. This will include Tenancy and Household Check and Home Check in the first instance. We’re looking forward to being able to iterate the service based on feedback from our users.  

Decisions

We have decided to refocus the majority of the remainder of dxw’s time on the project on delivering replatformed processes. Rather than changing focus from working on the processes that need replatforming to assisting in the creation of HackIT’s developer front-end Playbook, it’s been decided that the team will concentrate on not just completing T&HC but also Home Check and Introductory Tenancy Visit. It’s hoped that because of the implementation of the new data-driven front-end the creation of the latter two processes will be quite quick. Any remaining time from the dxw contract will be spent helping Emma complete the Playbook work.

Difficulties

We haven’t completed the front-end tasks for T&HC. This has had a knock-on effect that Gill won’t be able to work with Housing Officers to provide initial feedback for a little while yet.

F is unavailable for a week. This means we will need to pause front-end development work from the 12th until they return on the 19th.

There is now significant uncertainty on how we will hand over the data-driven front-end to Hackney. Now that the time on the front-end Playbook has been reduced and Emma Lewis is moving on from HackIT at the end of March we need to reassess how we will manage this.

Acknowledgements

Thanks to everyone who worked on the project this week – Ana, Bukky, David, Emma, F, Gill, Richard and Tuomo.  

What’s next

  1. F will be ploughing through the remaining frontend tasks
  2. Tuomo will be ensuring that the necessary APIs are available for the front-end work F is doing
  3. Tuomo, Bukky and Ana will continue to address the BAU tickets for the existing MaT system 
  4. Gill will be continuing to review the final process steps that F is building  
  5. Gill will be recruiting housing officers for private beta testing in tenants’ homes
  6. David will be starting to look at how we can move MaT into support for BAU issues (this is separate to future feature development)

The following people will be working on the project next week – Ana, Bukky, David, Emma, F, Gill, Richard and Tuomo.

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