Monday, 10 May 2010

Project Plan Post 6 of 7: Projected Timeline, Workplan & Overall Project Methodology

Our project has a number of overlapping stages. Given that we're developing a portfolio of widgets, with some common elements, some of these activities will be repeated for the different widgets; and some early activities will be "infrastructure" creation, such as developing links with the institutional repository, which will be needed for most of the widgets later on.
  1. Setting up of a project blog, Google Code site etc. Allocation of staff time and resources.
  2. Identification of a sample set of library materials for a usable and useful prototype.
  3. Identify target student groups in liaison with faculties and departments.
  4. Investigation of course and exam codes as used by the student registry. Adoption of file naming and storage strategy for course materials to allow retrieval by course code. Link up with student registry data to tie course codes in with student authentication in a widget environment.
  5. Creation of routine to automatically retrieve library materials relating to a student's course into a widget. Design of clear and logical display for library/course materials retrieved.
  6. Integration of course materials delivery with existing library widget.
  7. Production of prototypes
  8. User testing of interface.
  9. Rollout of live version. Launch and marketing within and outside university.

Here's our project timeline - we're already well underway!

We will follow a lightweight, agile development model, aiming to deliver frequent rough prototypes for user testing with students where possible, and staff outside of term. This approach has delivered successful JISC projects before, and is closely linked to the JISC Users and Innovation Development Model. In addition, we will apply our expertise in user-centric design which derives from the JISC Academic Social Networking project.

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