Yet another farewell post! This time for our colleague Louise Tierney, Digital Services Team Leader, Project WIP’er (and UX Wizard) who has decided after ten years working for Shropshire Council that it’s time for something completely new. We’re sad to see her go but wish her luck in all future endeavors. We may even miss her unique singing voice (on second thoughts – maybe not)!
Hello. Well, this is my first ever blog post, so please be kind… After 26 years as a graphic designer producing artwork for print at Shropshire Council, I was offered the hugely exciting opportunity to move into the Digital Services team in March 2013. This enabled me to extend my skills into understanding web design and to take a relative leap into the unknown world (for me at least) of front-end developing. Over the past six or seven years, I have dabbled in my spare time on my own portfolio site initially, which was created in the dreaded Dreamweaver. I know, I know! Please don’t hold that against me. This then led to the creation of a few personal WordPress … Continue reading
It’s been a long time coming but we are finally redesigning Project WIP. Between the team we’ve had some ideas about what the new site should look like and what we should be focusing on as there have been a lot of changes over the past two years. Project WIP has evolved into a ‘brand’, a far cry from its humble beginnings early in 2011 as a way for the IT Development staff to get their voices heard and show off their good work. Ownership of Project WIP has predominately stayed within the ‘Web Team’ but we’ve had some restructures and staff changes, with more than four of the original members of Project WIP that worked in IT Development leaving … Continue reading
As mentioned on another post, myself and Lewis recently undertook the Umbraco Level 1 and Level 2 training courses, which means we are both now Certified Umbraco Developers, listed on the umbraco.com website (see the links at the end of this post for proof). Being an open and helpful bunch, we thought it would be a good idea to tell you about our experiences on the courses, which may help others who are thinking of going down the same route as ourselves make up their minds about official training. So, to start at the beginning… On a slightly damp September Monday morning we hopped on a train to Manchester, looking forward to learning more about our current CMS and quietly … Continue reading
Shropshire Council can now call itself an Umbraco Certified Partner Continue reading
Our colleague Chris Jones, Digital Services & Innovations Manager, co-conspirator in Project WIP and a close friend to many of us – left Shropshire Council last week to study in China. Although we are incredibly sad to see him go, we are also extremely happy for him and pleased that he is living his dream. So Chris, thanks for all the great work you have done here, and good luck to you in the future. We’ve already ‘reallocated’ your chair and other belongings you left behind .
The afternoon of the 22nd August 2013 saw the incredibly successful first “Umbraco in Local Government” event take place here at the Shirehall. It was the first step for us all to start openly pooling our skills and knowledge on this open-source CMS, and to make our websites the best they can be for the public we all serve.
In Local Government? Interested in Umbraco? If yes, come to our event! Continue reading
Yesterday (Thursday 11th July 2013) Louise, Nigel Bishop (Head of Service Support, Marketing & Engagement), our Chief Executive Clive Wright and myself – attended SOCITM’s annual website conference ‘Building Perfect Council Websites 2013‘. We weren’t just there to learn about what others were doing however as Clive, Louise and myself were also presenting. Clive and I shared a presentation slot where he spoke passionately about how Shropshire is looking to reduce bureaucratic waste, designing its services based on the customer and supporting the Council’s drive to be more digital. My speech followed on from this and I talked briefly about how you build a more innovative team in order to fulfil your Digital Agenda’s needs. I didn’t say anything revolutionary, but I simply think the ideas need to be … Continue reading
In case you’ve been wondering what we’ve been up to recently on new.shropshire.gov.uk here’s a quick update for you about our work with Building Control, with a few words from the team themselves. Here’s what Mike Seager, Building Control Surveyor, had to say about working with us: “The Building Control department of Shropshire Council sits within the Development Control section. We were informed a while ago that our web pages were to be transferred to a new web system from the old Lotus Notes CMS, this seemed pretty good to us. The new system, built using Umbraco, allows for a more functional website and the new format is more in keeping with current website design. We haven’t gone live to date, … Continue reading