Business and Strategy

The purpose of this track is two-fold - one angle helps you to understand the advantages of Drupal from an organizational leadership angle and the other is to highlight the great Drupal sites and projects you're working on and to show what's possible. These sessions are business focused, and will be non-technical.

IBM Drupal PaaS

IBM entered the Drupal PaaS Hosting space when the Department of Interior decided to host DOI's websites across all Bureau's. Although this was perhaps a bit unexpected, IBM's push in the Cloud space and IBM's strategic goals of entering the Cloud, Analytics, Mobile, Security, & Social space gave this Drupal initiative a huge boost. Find out what IBM is doing for DOI and what IBM's plans are for Drupal PaaS. 

Personalization Strategies for Government Websites

Web personalization allows content to be tailored to the interests of the visitor, resulting in increased engagement and better experiences. Personalized content is essential to an effective digital communications strategy, but planning and implementing a personalization solution can be complex and cost prohibitive. In this session, we’ll introduce the basics of web personalization and present several simple ways for government agencies to get started with web personalization on Drupal.

Personalization Strategies for Government Websites

Web personalization allows content to be tailored to the interests of the visitor, resulting in increased engagement and better experiences. Personalized content is essential to an effective digital communications strategy, but planning and implementing a personalization solution can be complex and cost prohibitive. In this session, we’ll introduce the basics of web personalization and present several simple ways for government agencies to get started with web personalization on Drupal.

Planning a real-life Drupal 8 migration

This session is aimed at project managers, site builders, and developers looking to improve their content migration processes. In this talk we look at setting the right expectations, knowing how to talk about the migrations with the site owner, when to start the development process, and how to get over issues you will encounter during the migration process. We will take you on a tour of the tools we use to ensure that everything gets done in a timely manner, and talk about using refactoring to your advantage so you can finish your projects on-time and on-budget.

Radically Open and Agile Procurement

Traditional government procurement processes are designed to be as conservative and risk-averse as possible. RFPs dictate scope, budget, and time to vendors in an attempt to safeguard their interests and ensure that money is responsibly spent. However, by attempting to establish controls around factors that are not yet fully understood and guaranteed to change, the government actually introduces more risk into the process and many well-intentioned projects flounder, or outright fail.

How projects succeed

A web relaunch project is a critical task. For most organizations, it’s also a project that happens rarely. Agencies work on dozens of projects a year. That experience teaches us what makes project succeed. In this session, we’ll break down the elements of successful projects, with an emphasis on long-term, sustainable outcomes. A web relaunch project is a critical task. For most organizations, it’s also a project that happens rarely. Agencies work on dozens of projects a year. That experience teaches us what makes project succeed.

Is your backlog flat? You need a story map!

Do you suffer from flat backlog? The user story map is a tool that helps agile teams bridge the gap between whole product visions and backlog items. Story mapping is also a proven method for creating shared understanding across cross-functional teams, surfacing product ideas, and designing Minimum Viable Products.

But how do you incorporate a user story map into the agile delivery cycle, maintaining it as a living document based on the learnings validated in each sprint?

In this session….

From Scrum to Agile

Agile is a manifesto and a set of principles that grew out of the many failures produced by the era in which waterfall software development was the most common way of producing software. Many frameworks to help teams become more agile exist, but of them Scrum has become the most prominent.

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