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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.
Catch up on progress and reflections from the team as Sprint 5 of the LocalGov Drupal beta project comes to an end.
Reporting from the front line where work continues at a fair pace.
More good progress on LocalGov Drupal with working groups starting to gain their independence.
Lots of activity and good progress on multiple fronts, but are we in danger of peaking too soon?
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!
User testing is such fun! There are always things to learn from watching people using your product.
A belated update on our work on sprint 4, evolving the resource content type and adding landing pages and basic pages.
A shorter sprint this time due to bank holidays but we made some good progress on the front end.
The main focus for this sprint was the “resource” content type, the main content structure around which the whole site hangs.
A quick wrap up from the first development sprint on what is now known as the Catalyst Resource Hub project.
The discovery phase wrapped up with an action packed 2 hour playback session with all 7 charity stakeholders plus interested collaborators.
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.
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.
Week 2 on the guidance repositories project has been a quiter week, as we organise charity stakeholders to join the discovery process.
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.
How to set up a Windows 10 development environment using WSL2 and Ubuntu 20.04
Finn shares his highlights of day 1 at DrupalCon Europe, which is remote this year, kicking of with Gitlab, Thunder, Documentation and admin UX.
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.
Exploring how easy it is to get started with a Vue.js-powered static site, using Tailwind and Typescript, and looking at the community-made modules that further extend the functionality to PWAs and more.
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.
Setting up Lando and Drupal to run Nightwatch tests can be hard. This post attempts to break it down and provides a guide to getting set up.
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 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.
Setting up Lando and Drupal to run PHPUnit tests can be tricky. This post attempts to break it down and provides a guide to getting set up.
As of today we have completed our transition to 100% remote in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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.
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…
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.
Clear and useful guidelines for writing accessible content, focusing on images and alt text.
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.
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.
A brief introduction to web accessibility and the new legislation for public sector bodies. It's more exciting than you think.
Varnish is great at serving pages to anonymous users at high speed but it doesn't speak HTTPS so if you want to use Varnish and provide your site over HTTPS then you need to use something to do HTTPS and proxy the traffic to Varnish.
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.
We have supported more and more Drupal websites over time and have learned a lot while doing so
Spending the last week at work experience at Agile Collective has given us the insight on how agile development works when implementing websites.
I started my apprenticeship 2 months ago with no knowledge of Drupal, co-ops or agile development methodologies.
"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.
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...
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.
A quick way to start the conversation about visual design.
Could a large platform, like Uber, be owned and controlled by it's members, thus ensuring the profits are distributed equitably, and how can it attract funding?
Finn reports on the Open 2017 conference - a two day conference about Platform Cooperativism.
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.
The first day of sessions at Drupalcon starts with the 'prenote', the keynote and the group photograph.
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)
Notes on the sessions I attended on day 3 of Drupalcon: Keynote | JSON API | Scrum Drupal Nirvana | How Al Jazeera built a future-focused Digital Platform with Drupal 8| Continuous Integration to automate your Drupal workflow
The first day of Drupalcon includes paid training, the Business Summit, and the all important Community Summit.
A look at how responsive images, sliders and cropping works in Drupal 8
We sometimes ask ourselves 'what is it all for?' Not every day, but every now and then. And how we answer determines what we do next.
Our small contribution to Co-ops Fortnight and our local environment
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.
Matthew Fletcher experiences Drupalcamp London for the first time.
Using behaviour-driven development to rapidly describe, implement and test a news management platform.
A client's perspective: A tale of international collaboration
Front-end ops focuses on the processes and automation of developing and theming websites from the perspective of a front-end developer.
Finn visits Barcelona for Drupalcon 2015
Avigail writes about her first steps in web development as Agile Collective's latest apprentice.
Once again I find myself in Birmingham Town Hall, with my colleague Maria, ready for the annual Co-operatives Congress.
Agile Collective attempt their first Visioning & Strategy weekend...
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.
Using the config management system and an install profile with content imported from Google Spreadsheets
My adventures in starting to theme with the new and much improved Drupal 8
From jQuery 2.0 to Nodecopter demos, a roundup of the top takeaways from the Oxford based tech conference.
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
After-school clubs to bring code to the next generation!
You might have heard about the new legislation...
Not only am I Agile's first apprentice, I'm also the first girl on the team. I arrived on Monday morning to find that the guys had cleaned the office in preparation for my arrival - I'm not sure whether to feel honoured or worried.