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"When will it be done?" As a digital project manager, I hear this all the time. While it's a perfectly reasonable question, the problem is I don't have a crystal ball, and I also want to set expectations properly. By using a Monte Carlo analysis to project a timeline, I can spark an important dialogue about resourcing and risk, as opposed to the one-way conversation that often occurs with a flat timeline.
At Aten, a lot of our time is spent building intricate digital platforms over lengthy time frames. Here are a few tools and strategies to build quickly.
Digital tools have transformed the way people connect with organizations and altered how we engage with campaigns and movements. When Aten was invited to join up with the National Center for Women and Information Technology and create the Tech Inclusion Pledge microsite the goals were clear: design an experience that petitions a pledge from senior leadership at major tech companies to recruit, retain and advance diversity in the technology workforce.
Last week we launched Connect4Learning, the first component of a multi-staged rollout for a groundbreaking interdisciplinary prekindergarten curriculum by Kaplan Early Learning Company.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has been sharing important stories for over 30 years and we were excited about enhancing the digital story-telling experience in the latest relaunch of HRW.org. Out-of-the-box, Drupal provided a great platform for us to craft tools that matched HRW’s internal publishing workflows, while allowing their publishers to create long-form content with videos, galleries and other rich content.
Earlier this week the new, responsive HRW.org went live. The launch follows months of strategy, design and development collaboration between my hard working colleagues at Aten and the passionate, talented team at Human Rights Watch.
One of the primary goals of the new CPR.org website was creating a great, seamless media experience. Part of this was the creation of a persistent audio player that worked on as many modern browsers and devices as possible. Creating this experience, though, was a bit of a process. The audio landscape is pretty scattered when you take a close look at HTML5 audio support and Flash support. So the first thing up was finding a library that let us use both types of audio to reach a wider audience.
For the past several months we have been working with Colorado Public Radio to architect, design and develop the next iteration of CPR.org. A few days ago, the new website went live. Take a look on your computer, your tablet, or your smart phone. Better yet, listen on any device. The website is fully responsive, and features a persistent media player that streams audio while you are browsing.