Digital Service Weeknotes W/e 26/06
“All the world is a stage and all the men and women are merely players.”
(Opening line from William Shakespeare’s ‘As you like’.)
I remember having to memorise this sonnet during my younger years on a drama course in school. One takeaway I took from the experience was the amount of work that goes into a theatre production. From the endless hours of rehearsal, to planning the lighting and sound. Another element of theatre production that requires a huge amount of effort is set design and build.
Now, this effort may vary depending on your budget however, the set design is a very important success factor in production and its impact on its audience. It’s the difference between immersing the audience into a completely new world or utter detachment from it. Needless to say, none of this would be possible if it wasn’t for the production team’s relentless commitment to creating a set design true to the director’s vision.
My early theatre experience, thanks to this drama course gave me a fond appreciation for theatre which I still have to this day. Until you have worked on a theatre production you can never really appreciate the amount of work that goes into these things.
Staging environments whether they are real or virtual require the same degree of effort and commitment to create the designed vision. Just like in theatre production the creation of a staging environment in the world of web development is extremely important, especially when migrating data. One good developer practice for website creation is by creating a virtual replica of the space you want to build which can sometimes be referred to as a ‘staging environment’. The developer team can add or remove things without breaking whatever is being used in the real space. This week we managed to successfully finish that process and achieve a mile stone.
What we have achieved
This week we built a website and managed to overcome some of the technical issues we had regarding continuous integration.
- User-centric design | The way we have managed to achieve this is through the creation of the mini product owner. I believe this initiative is proving to be really helpful to the team as it is providing some valuable insight into some of the team’s processes and pain points. At the same time, the mini product owner is finding the process rewarding as they can see that they are truly adding value for which our team truly appreciates.
- Set-up continuous integration | In order for our web build to truly make meaningful differences sometimes you need to push the boundaries of the current set up or design. To achieve this in a safe way we have chosen to replicate the current environment by building a staging environment. One of the challenges we have been experiencing whilst setting up our staging environment is being able to enable continuous deployment. This will allow for updates to our build to be automated and seamless instead of having to do this manually. You can read more about the benefits of continues integration within web builds here
- Creating a vision statement for our project | This is something that the team has decided may be best done via conversations with different teams to establish common themes. Once we have those mapped out we will draft a statement that encapsulates them all and is aligned with our overarching vision.
What has been challenging
- We have had a very productive sprint. However, in saying that is has come with its fair share of challenges. Unfortunately, we are moving into the holiday season and although COVID has been pretty challenging on businesses as a whole. We have all been stretched so healthy breaks have been necessary. As a result, absences in teams happen causing a natural pause in the turnaround on receiving feedback from some of our inquires during testing or research sessions. This has resulted in natural delays in some tasks progress.
- Have onboarding session to CMS with content editors
- Mapping out ‘as is’ Adult Learning user journey
- Find out how and where we host the employability learning and training videos