How Two Fools Made Themselves Indispensible From Their Basement Office

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Scheduled: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in Burnside


Two unsuspecting university project managers became super heroes when they stumbled upon the magic of open source CMS and sold their vision to bring web design in house, thus saving the university tens of thousands of dollars, better meeting their students' needs for online information, creating reliable revenue streams and enabling departments to more efficiently do their business.


The Story:
Blending the right open source software with a sprinkling of custom code was the easy part of moving a university from a brochure web presence into an integrated, flexible, efficient and scalable system. The challenge was to encourage staff not to settle for misfit, off-the-shelf solutions but rather to think creatively about the possibilities, to be demanding about getting their needs met and to embrace change and take ownership of their web domain.

Things We Learned:
- A project management cycle that works.

- How to find and blend the right OS packages (in our case a Joomla and Moodle core with lots of custom extensions) to meet the needs of multiple audiences.

- Training and implementation techniques that do not overwhelm.

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