Blog: studio news, work and insights

  • LocalGov Drupal Beta Sprint 6 Notes

    A tired but productive team is ready for a well-deserved break, but first a little update on progress before we pause, including integration with Open Referral UK, and default publishing workflow on a fresh install of LocalGov Drupal. 

  • LocalGov Drupal Beta Sprint 1 Notes

    The band is back together, and we've got a new horn section! Sprint 1 of 10 LocalGov Drupal Beta sprints just finished and we're buzzing!

  • Guidance repositories weeknotes: Week 4

    A roller coaster of a week, including charity stakeholder interviews, collaborative wireframing and prototyping, culminating in 7 user testing sessions on Thursday to test an early prototype and gather valuable feedback.

  • Guidance repositories Weeknotes: Week 3

    Agile Collective are working alongside CAST / Catalyst on the alpha phase of a reusable service platform for publishing guidance to professionals. This week has seen a flurry of activity as we pushed forward on two fronts: interviews with charities and the ramping up of our design process.

  • Guidance repositories Weeknotes: Week 1

    Agile Collective are working alongside CAST / Catalyst on the alpha phase of a reusable service platform for publishing guidance to professionals. As part of the project-wide commitment to open working and transparency we’ll be publishing weeknotes telling you what we’ve been up to.

  • Integrating Salesforce with Drupal

    We're agnostic about the CRMs and other systems and services that our clients use, but we've seen a steady uptick in requirements for Salesforce integration from our clients and others like them in recent years, so thought it might be helpful to share some of our experience.

  • LocalGov Drupal - Sprint 4 notes

    Agile Collective is working with developers and managers at Croydon Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and a growing number of other councils to refactor existing Drupal 8 code and configuration into a more generic Drupal Distribution for UK councils, aptly named LocalGov Drupal. In the spirit of the Local Digital Declaration we are working in the open and publishing our sprint notes as we go. We've just finished sprint 3.

  • LocalGov Drupal - Sprint 3 notes

    Agile Collective is working with developers and managers from Croydon Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and other councils to refactor existing Drupal 8 code and configuration into a more generic Drupal Distribution for councils, aptly named LocalGov Drupal. In the spirit of the Local Digital Declaration we are working in the open and publishing our sprint notes as we go. 

  • LocalGov Drupal - Sprint 2 notes

    LocalGov Drupal is a new open source Drupal distribution that we are working on with Croydon and Brighton & Hove Councils. We're 2 sprints in, gathering pace and sharing our notes here. 

  • Sharing Drupal code between UK Councils

    Most UK Councils have very similar requirements for website publishing systems, so we are delighted to be involved in active and open collaboration between councils to share code and knowledge towards a shared Drupal publishing platform.

  • Our review of 2019

    2020 used to feel like the future, right? Robots doing all the work while we kick back and relax, world peace, jetpacks, oh hang on…

  • Attending dotCSS and dotJS conferences 2019

    In December 2019 I attended the DotCSS and DotJS conferences in Paris. Here are some quick notes and opinions on the conference for people who might be interested in attending future events.

  • Writing Accessible Content: Part 1

    Part 1 of a series covering accessibility from a content writer's perspective. Part 1 focuses on understanding how people access the web, readability, headings and links.

  • Top 10 reasons to use Drupal 8 now

    Drupal 8 is in a great place for new projects, and future upgrades will be far less involved. Moving from Drupal 7 or another CMS to Drupal 8 may feel like a big step, but it is an investment that will pay you and your organisation back, both in the short term and for many years to come.

  • Web accessibility

    A brief introduction to web accessibility and the new legislation for public sector bodies. It's more exciting than you think.

  • New website, new technologies

    Our new website uses a lot of interesting new technology. It is built using the JAMstack methodology (JavaScript, APIs, Markup) which means that Drupal is used for content management, Drupal then serves this content using JSON API (now in Drupal core) and this API is consumed by Gridsome to build the front end.

  • My work experience at Agile Collective

    I spent one week at Agile Collective learning the fundamentals of building a website with Drupal and have been given a great introduction to the world of web development. 

  • One week with the Agile Collective team

    Spending the last week at work experience at Agile Collective has given us the insight on how agile development works when implementing websites. 

  • Work experience at Agile Collective

    "Only one year ago I didn’t really enjoy programming. Now I’m considering going into Computer Science for my future career." Toni reports on her fortnight of work experience at Agile Collective. 

  • A week at Agile Collective

    I’ve been working at Agile Collective for the past week for my work experience and overall I think it's been great! A major plus is that the office is right next to Atomic Burger...

  • Learning Web Development with Agile Collective

    Switching careers from teaching English to web development was a daunting prospect at first. My impression used to be that the majority of people working in the sector would have predominantly computer science and mathematics oriented backgrounds, and without a qualification in either, I wasn't confident that my ambition would ever become a reality.

  • Open 2017 (day 1)

    Finn reports on the Open 2017 conference - a two day conference about Platform Cooperativism.

  • Cooperative Technologists (Co-Tech) first conference

    Something has been brewing in the tech co-op community: the idea of meeting up and sharing ideas between co-ops working in the same space, and possibly finding ways to work more closely together.

  • Drupalcon Dublin, Day 2 – afternoon sessions

    Notes on the sessions I attended in the afternoon: Configuration management, theory and practice | Super Collaborative Design Processes | Does Drupal need a Platform Co-op? (BOF) 

  • Big Co-op Clean

    Our small contribution to Co-ops Fortnight and our local environment

  • What's new in Drupal 8 theming?

    An overview of the main changes to the Drupal 8 theming layer, with a collection of technical details that can help you begin working on a Drupal 8 site.

  • Introduction to front-end ops

    Front-end ops focuses on the processes and automation of developing and theming websites from the perspective of a front-end developer.

  • Drupal beginnings

    Avigail writes about her first steps in web development as Agile Collective's latest apprentice. 

  • Worker Co-op Weekend 2015

    Youlbury Scout Camp in Oxford hosted the 2015 Worker Co-op Weekend, an event for worker co-operatives to come together to share experiences, learn from each other, bond, socialise, network and have some fun.

  • jQuery UK 2014 Takeaways

    From jQuery 2.0 to Nodecopter demos, a roundup of the top takeaways from the Oxford based tech conference.

  • Code Club - Term 1

    Last Thursday, Aaron and I started a new code club at my daughter’s primary school in Oxford, with Agile Collective generously sponsoring our time and resources to do this

  • Code Club

    After-school clubs to bring code to the next generation!