Dgroups2 progress and plans

We are off!

This blog is the product of a meeting last week in The Hague. It brought together four members of the core project team – Damir Simunic (WA Research – the company selected to deliver dgroups 2.0), Hapee De Groot (Hivos), Mark Hammersley (leading on Communications, amongst other things) and Pete Cranston (Migration Project Manager), as well as Peter Ballantyne (Dgroups coordinator) and Christian Kreutz (Dgroups Executive Committee member from IICD).

After looking at the data from Damir’s initial analysis we outlined principles, phase plans and milestones for the next six months.

We agreed four basic principles:

  • All groups, together with their users, will be offered the opportunity to migrate to the new system
  • Migration will be organised around clusters of groups, organised by creators or members of the dgroups partnership associated with the group
  • We aim to deliver a managed, exponentially increasing migration process
  • We will communicate actions and progress, regularly, through as many channels as appropriate

Phases

Learning and Evolving: from now until the end of October, WA Research is building the first prototype application. Starting with the core team, we will be inviting some of the people who have expressed interest in testing to work with us in shaping that platform

Beta Testing: from 1st November for about 6 weeks, we will invite more people and their groups to participate in beta testing the platform. There will still be lots of opportunities in this period to help shape the final product.

Switch over: sometime in late December, the new platform will be complete and live – and some groups who have been part of the beta testing will operate completely in the new environment.

Migration: Late December into January 2009 – the majority of groups will migrate in this period

Completion and Decomissioning: during February, any remaining groups will be migrated to the new platform, and the orginal platform will be retired – to survive perhaps in the wayback machine.

If you have any queries or suggestions, please either write to me (pc AT euforic.org) or leave a comment here in this blog.

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  1. #1 by sstaiger on October 9, 2008 - 2:16 pm

    Hey, seems good news, but can you explain a bit what will be different after migration?

  2. #2 by talksharelearn on October 10, 2008 - 5:11 pm

    hi pete and mark and damir and everyone else involved in the project. we are really looking forward this step 2 of dgroups. so this is a good news. as simone asked, some details about new functionality are really welcome!

  3. #3 by Giacomo Rambaldi on October 14, 2008 - 9:17 pm

    The plan looks excellent. Interaction with DGroups amins is laudable (I think this blog is great!). I suppose that you would welcome small to medium size and active groups for beta testing. What would be your ideal group type/size?

  4. #4 by Damir Simunic on October 15, 2008 - 1:56 pm

    Giacomo, thank you. Any group size is good for beta testing. The more the merrier. Guess the earlier you start, the more change-tolerant your users need to be. You know how it goes with ‘beta’ stuff, something can get delayed or lost and you don’t want your own users to get frustrated unnecessarily.

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