Time at last to catch up with blogging about STAR-Trak ! First of all, the project is in a healthy state and on track. It’s been a quiet time in some respects as the development team works its way through the requirements. We applied MoSCoW principles to the requirements to get a first cut of what we could achieve with the time and budget available and then divided them into four timeboxes. Time boxes 1 and 2 have been delivered (with one or two exceptions), 3 is almost complete and 4 has completed the technical design. TB1 has been tested and the results fed back for correction. The main exception to date is the development of a chart interface to show activity data. Our initial proof of concept project listed and aggregated this data in a very static and unattractive way. The development team proposed a Flash-based solution for this project but this was rejected due to compatibility issues. There are plenty of AJAX-based solutions that we can base our chart on and the team are investigating the best way to implement this.
As we have fleshed out the intricacies of the requirements there has been some swapping of requirements between timeboxes, re-prioritisation, and de-scoping of some lower priority functions. This was always going to be more of an agile than a classic waterfall development as we are charting new waters, at least for Leeds Metropolitan, and so far we are very confident that we will deliver a very useful and usable application. The next challenge will be to ensure that it is used !