Agile website delivery for the University of Dundee
“We chose Manifesto because we felt that their culture was the best fit for our existing team and that they would push us to become better digital professionals. They have exceeded our expectations and have become a real extension of our team. Their work is of a consistently high quality and what has impressed us most is the time they have taken not only to understand the sector that we work in, but also us as a Higher Education institution. Through the tools we have employed as part of this project, we work as closely with them hundreds of miles away as we do with our own colleagues within Dundee.” – Andrew Millar, Head of Web Services, University of Dundee
Manifesto partnered with the University of Dundee to build and deliver a complex, robust web platform to serve the needs of their many audiences. We worked as an extension of their internal team, helping them build skills and confidence in iterative ways of working, digital best practice, plus many technologies including Drupal.
After selecting Drupal and Acquia’s platform for building their new website, the institution needed technical expertise and guidance throughout the delivery project, and help with translating their initial research into a high-level backlog and delivery plan.
We worked collaborately with the University of Dundee to meet their tight deadline, and to understand their initial research, help them better recognise and segment their users, and build a substantial backlog of features for the project. We then helped prioritise and refine these features into an MVP launch phase and subsequent releases leading through to the shutdown of the current platform in December 2020.
The University of Dundee team had a wealth of skills, covering UX research, design, development and content, but they were struggling to achieve a cohesive and professionalised approach to digital delivery. We carefully balanced upskilling the team with ensuring that a working platform was delivered, providing technical leadership alongside agile coaching and product ownership consultancy to continue refining the roadmap and delivery plan.
With the first release completed to schedule in July 2019, which focuses on undergraduate course pages, the team continues to build and develop confidence as it focuses on delivering new features and areas of the site iteratively over the coming months.