Development Process


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In the leadup to an important election in Maine, it was determined that a bibliography of supporting documents would be helpful for the campaign and its supporters.

I worked in collaboration with the official campaign and several dozen independent bloggers to build, where content-creators could post excerpts and links from relevant sources. The site makes it easy to find supporting references -- no more hunting and searching for data to back up a claim.

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  1. 1. Development Docs Mockups Schedules Documentation Images Code
  2. 2. Layout and Design We started with a few fast, low-cost paper prototypes. Then we moved on to a Photoshop mockup.
  3. 3. Development Schedule What’s All This Then Pre-Alpha Alpha Beta Release Candidate RTM General Availability V.2 V.3 Completed: Mon, Aug 24, 2009 Wed, Aug 26, 2009 Fri, Aug 28, 2009 Mon, Aug 31, 2009 Thu, Sep 3, 2009 Sat, Sep 5, 2009 Mon, Sep 7, 2009 Wed, Sep 9, 2009 Fri, Sep 11, 2009 •Buy domain - ok •Set up email accounts - •Custom 404 with search •Analytics - ok •Adwords Registration and •Buy hosting - ok ok box - ok •Extremetracking - ok Hosting •Add admin email to phone •Favicon - ok - ok •Install MT - ok •Create blog - ok •Add authors: Norman, Install MT •Create categories - ok Louise, Michael, Paul - ok •Set author perms - ok •Do up layout in DW - ok •Make sidebar into MT •Add MT code - ok module - ok Create Front Page •Add photos for categories - ok •Tweak front page layout - •Make it so that you can •Social news sharing ok add an optional image to widgets •Create layout for an entry - ok Individual Pages comments -ok •Add MT code - ok •Add sidebar module - ok •Nested commenting •Email notification for new comments Commenting •Add recent comments to sidebar •Tweak front page layout - ok Category Pages •Add MT code - ok •Add sidebar module - ok •Feedburner setup - ok •Feedburner optimize - ok •Link RSS to Twitter with •Add option for emailing •Feedburner troubleshoot - •Feedburner daily email Twitterfeed - ok post ok setup - ok •Create Twitter account - •Add daily email widget to ok sidebar - ok •Create RSS feed for •Link to our own Twitter - Twitter - ok ok Connections •Link to official Twitter - ok •Link to official Facebook - ok •Internal testing - ok •External testing - ok •Populate with “back •Publicize to relevant blogs •Notify relevant blogs of •Notify relevant blogs of catalog” content - ok update update Outreach •Make tutorial for users - ok •Tweak front page layout •Add MT code Author Pages •Remind authors to add their data An at-a-glance development schedule allowed stakeholders to follow along with development regardless of technical expertise, and to offer relevant input and feedback.
  4. 4. Images and Backend The site is built on Movable Type, an industry-leading platform. Well-labelled high-res Photoshop versions of every image are readily available, in case the site ever needs visual revisions.
  5. 5. Documentation Using the site is easy -- just fill in four form fields. In case users need help, there’s a written guide (with revision control) as well as a video tutorial.