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by Anonymous, Sep 15, 2017
Early in March the ILAO Builds Dev team hit a rough sprint. IllinoisLegalAidOnline.org, our organizational website, died taking our tech director’s time for half of the sprint (that’s right, she completely rebuilt a site on a new platform in a week, our tech director rocks!), our team was atta... More
by Gwen Daniels, Sep 15, 2017
Hi, Gwen here again. Just getting back after 4 days at MADCamp. MADCamp is the Chicago-area Drupal conference, with over 300 attendees ranging from folks who work on Drupal core, long time PHP/Drupal developers, themers, site builders, and brand new members of the Drupal community, from folks... More
by Anonymous, Sep 15, 2017
Chris here again, ILAO's ScrumMaster for the website rebuild. With 10 Sprints behind us, we're becoming more and more adept at the Scrum process. Today, I'd like to share a timeline of a typical Sprint and highlight a few of the lessons we've learned along our epic Scrum journey. I also plan t... More
by Dennis Rios, Sep 15, 2017
Hello, Dennis Rios here again. Sometime in the last few sprints, we recognized that in order to continue building the next generation of our products and services, we really needed to hash out some rules to help keep us moving in the right direction. So, last week the Development team, along... More
by Gwen Daniels, Sep 15, 2017
This Sunday marks the 14th birthday of Illinois Legal Aid Online. When ILAO began, it had a staff of 3, Drupal had just released its first version, WordPress didn't exist, ColdFusion was at version 4.5, there was no iPhone or Android, and we were lucky to have 800x600 pixel monitors. Today,... More
Steven Johnson, Where Do Good Ideas Come From?
by Teri Ross, Sep 15, 2017
Dear Dev Team: As you know, I spent two days last week at Product Owner School. It was an informative and humbling experience. As with many meaningful educational experiences, I discovered just how little I knew about what I was doing and how much more there is to learn. Apologies to you for n... More
by Lisa Colpoys, Sep 15, 2017
Hi, Lisa Colpoys here. As Illinois Legal Aid Online's Executive Director I oversee the work of all aspects of the organization, including vision-setting, strategic planning, communications, fundraising, board engagement, and program services. I've got a really excellent job that is (almost) a... More
Ad-hoc usability testing
by Samantha Kyrkostas, Sep 15, 2017
Greetings from snowbound Chicago! Samantha Kyrkostas here, Development Manager (the fundraising kind) at ILAO. My role in building the next generation of our websites and services is a little different from others you've heard from before on this blog. I am a Stakeholder, which means that I ca... More
by Anonymous, Sep 15, 2017
Hello, Stephanie Villinski here. I'm ILAO’s legal content manger for IllinoisLegalAdvocate.org and IllinoisProbono.org. I am also a certified instructor and student of yoga. You may be asking why I mention my “yoga credentials.” Well, it's because the more I serve on the ILAO development team... More
by Gwen Daniels, Sep 15, 2017
Last week marked the 15th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation's annual Technology Initiative Grant (TIG) conference. I've had the good fortune to attend many of these over the years, including the early ones in Chicago, the Great Ice Storm TIG of 2007, and each of the last four year... More