|University of Edinburgh Contributes to UCISA Project and Change Management Best Practice Resource||
Mark Ritchie, the Deputy Director and Head of Project Services within Applications Division, also chairs the Project and Change Management Group for the University and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA).
In this capacity Mark has promoted and developed the Major Projects Governance Assessment Toolkit for adoption as a UCISA Best Practice resource.
|OUTAGE - website offline at 11:30am Tuesday 20th for 30 minutes||
The projects website will be going offline at 11:30am on Tuesday 20th to allow for a maintenance tasks. The site will be offline for approximately 30 minutes.
|New RSS Feed for Project News Articles||
A new RSS feed has been added to the projects website homepage to allow users to subscribe to the latest project news articles.
Dawn Nichols IS Applications Division
|PMO team presenting at UCISA 2014||
Rhian Davies and Mark Ritchie are presenting a poster session at the annual UCISA conference in Brighton on 26th March, talking about some of the ways in which Project Services have helped to develop a project culture at the University.
For more details please see https://www.projects.ed.ac.uk/ucisa
Dawn Nicholls IS Applications Division
|Enhancements to the Projects Website||
In response to user feedback, a number of enhancements have been applied to the Projects Website including: -
|Ediburgh University Contributes To UCISA Good Practice Guide For IT Infrastructure Projects||
Iain Fiddes, from IS Applications Development Services, has developed a new good practice guide "Delivering Business Benefits From IT Infrastructure Projects" which has been published by the University and Colleges Information Systems Association (UCISA).
The paper proposes techniques to be used to improve the identification and realisation of business benefits from IT infrastructure projects and includes case studies taken from recent University projects including Shared Academic Timetabling and EUCLID. The paper recommends:
|Projects Website supporting Learning and Teaching||
The projects website is increasingly being used across the University to support a wide range of projects being managed by areas other than IS Applications.
For example, the Technology Enhanced Learning Programme run by User Services Division, which focuses on providing joined up tools and infrastructure to support core teaching and learning within the University and incorporates the work of the eLearning and Information Skills team.
|Agile Software Development - Survey Results||
In July IS Applications ran a survey on the uptake of agile software development and agile techniques in Higher Education across the UK, America and Canada.
We posted the invitation on the UCISA PCMG mailing list and the EDUCAUSE Project mailing list in and were delighted to received feedback from 38 institutions - 21 in the UK and 17 in North America.
The analysis of the feedback is now complete and the results are available online at https://www.projects.ed.ac.uk/agile_survey_results.
|Enhancements To The Projects Website||
In response to user feedback, a number of enhancements have been applied to the site over the last week including: -