Considering differing needs of CMS users

I attended a meeting yesterday evening in Birmingham hosted by bit10 for the Midlands Umbraco Meetup. One of the subjects discussed was the introduction of the latest release of the Umbraco CMS v7. There was lots of excited techie discussion about the revised file tree structure where containers hold multiple news items instead of lengthy complex long explorer style like trees; about the tool to handle multiple media items; and AngularJS.

Anthony Flack
Anthony Flack | 27 November 2013

Making the right choice

I picked up a blog post off LinkedIn from blog.itforcharities that refers to a survey by Capterra on the way Charities procure software. It is not altogether reassuring and perhaps explains a lot of the difficulties and regrets that organisations experience with regard to software implementation and successful adoption.

One section of the Capterra report aims to sum up what organisations need to understand regarding the selection process. Three key points emerge

Anthony Flack
Anthony Flack | 22 November 2013

The Design and Technology Association Website and Membership system launch

The Design and Technology Association has launched a brand new digital destination, via its new website developed on Umbraco by digital partners Technicallabs.  The new site is part of an on-going technology modernisation programme for the Design and Technology Association, architected and programme managed by IndigoBlue that will improve the overall membership experience and provide a strong platform for future developments.

Anthony Flack
Anthony Flack | 21 November 2013

Getting UX right first time

Once again I have wandered onto the battlefield between the entrenched armies of UX and development. This is dangerous ground in my experience. The right brained developers fire their ordnance of logic and process and receive in return the UX left brained bombardment of creativity. Of course both are absolutely vital to delivering first class software. It’s like combining water and oil, but as any physicist will tell you, it’s difficult but not impossible with a little bit of effort to create an emulsion of the two.

Stan Wade
Stan Wade | 31 October 2013

Agile Governance Webinar

Back in September James Yoxall presented a webinar in which he provided a detailed picture of what an Agile governance model consists of, and the headline techniques required to take back control without losing the essence of Agile.

Rob Smith
Rob Smith | 15 October 2013

Agile Business Conference and Memberwise

At the end of a busy week,  I'd like to thank and commend the organisers of this year's Memberwise and Agile Business Conference for two excellent events.  Both were extremely well attended, informative and enjoyable,  and Richard Gott and Mary Henson in particular should be proud of their achievements.

Rob Smith
Rob Smith | 11 October 2013

Presenting at the Agile Business Conference

I want to say thank you to everyone who chose to see my presentation at the Agile Business Conference today, where I gave a brief 'experience report' on some models I've been using to understand and report project status over the last couple of years.  

| 9 October 2013

Rendered useless?

IndigoBlue is currently undertaking a small project to update its website to freshen up the content, sharpen the focus of the message and to provide a responsive design. I am however torn as to the value of this latter objective.

Rob Smith
Rob Smith | 11 September 2013

Crowdsource funding is about more than just the cash

Yesterday I pledged $40 to a crowdsourced software game project called Star Citizen.  You know, I felt pretty good about it. I won’t get anything playable for probably a year, and of course I may not get anything at all.  But I did my bit to help a project get off the ground that otherwise wouldn’t have without people like me taking an interest.

Stan Wade
Stan Wade | 9 September 2013

Labels do count

I have always considered myself an engineer at heart. When I did my first degree, many people considered IT as an engineering discipline.   I was a strong supporter of this classification and still do agree with it having become a Chartered Engineer many years ago now.

Stan Wade
Stan Wade | 29 August 2013

Re-Examining the Agile Manifesto

At IndigoBlue we have spent many years developing and refining the ideas that help people understand how and why Agile works. In a recent workshop I was asked how our ideas differ from the Agile Manifesto. It’s been a while since I analysed the manifesto in detail, and I found the process interesting.

James Yoxall
James Yoxall | 20 August 2013