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.

Guerrilla Accessibility

You know you have to meet 508/WCAG 2.0 standards, but they always seems to get neglected in your redesigns and content revisions. 

Since Missouri Department of Conservation didn’t get a lot of accessibility love from management, we began sneaking in accessibility requirements into our content updates, then launched an empathy campaign to change the hearts and minds of our content contributors to get them to consciously think of accessibility when submitting content. 

This session will show you what we did, how we did it, and how you can do it, too.

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.

Great Expectations: Making Your Project Succeed

Whether you're the client assembling the requirements for a web project or the vendor developing a proposal to meet them, you have the same goal: getting a great product online.

Unfortunately, many projects start out with poorly defined requirements or poorly defined approaches, leading to disappointment on both sides -- like realizing that your project plan hinged on an empowered decision-maker your client doesn't have, or that the vendor you hired for their great design work was unprepared for the extent of your migration and development needs.

From User Story Mapping to component-driven development: techniques for building agile Drupal teams via a Discovery Sprint.

If you’ve been around web development for a few years, you’ve probably experienced the pitfalls of “waterfall” discovery sprints, in which a perfected vision of a website is designed and documented in a set of static mockups and functional documentation, then thrown over to a development team for execution—only to have business needs evolve, requirements change, and a quagmire of half-baked features, forever banished to the realm of technical debt, never to be enjoyed by end users. 

FedRAMP from a Project Manager's Perspective

So you’ve just found out that your Government Agency is moving their portfolio to FedRAMP – Now What?

This session is built from lessons learned by a PM in the FedRAMP trenches. It will discuss what to expect, offer ways to increase your chances of project success, and will shed a light on changes that go along with the FedRAMP territory.

By attending this session the audience will gain:

The Missing Link: Designing and Building a Website Without a Back-End Developer

Is good collaboration possible without a full internal team? This session will present a unique perspective on an agency team’s collaboration methods throughout Drupal web build completed without an internal backend developer. In case-study format, the talk will consider the following:

  • Creating viable visual and creative directions without delivering a back-end build

  • A discussion of tools used to design and collaborate with external back-end developers

  • Agile methods used with the client development team and product owners

Beyond CMS. Drupal as a Universal Platform for Government Innovation

During the last decade we've experienced (and continue to experience!) a great tide of Drupal adoption in government. Today nearly 40% of .gov sites are powered by Drupal, and that number keeps growing. It's no secret why - time to market, a huge community, great experiences for site builders, and access to enterprise support.