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The Newsletter of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation June 2017  
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PIRE IT Advances and Plans

PIRE App Development Process

Paul Lavoie
IT Director

The creation of a website or web application often encompasses more than just a functional need but is often the first impression and how a project can engage an audience. Many have been asking how the new web application process works now at PIRE and here is brief synopsis of the process.

Step one - Gather requirements

We usually begin with a very informal phone call about the project and the questions typically asked are:

  • What are the goals of your website application?
  • Who is the audience and how do you anticipate they will interact with the site?
  • What type of content will be available on the website?
  • Do you have examples of websites you do or don’t like?
  • When is the expected deadline for the project?

Step two – A Scope of Work contract is created based on the requirements

IT will take everything gathered and create a Scope of Work (SOW) that includes timeline and pricing.

  • Creating the scope can take up to 5 business days.
  • We typically continue to communicate during the scoping process and anticipate additional questions and additional thoughts from you after the initial call.
  • Typically, IT selects one of two regular web developers based on availability and deadline.
  • If there is a business requirement to get several quotes for comparison, that can be provided.

Once finalized, IT will send out the SOW contract and schedule a call for review. Once all the terms are set and the contract is agreed upon we will create an agenda for any initial tasks.

Step three – Development

Web applications can take between 6 to 10 weeks to complete for typical levels of complexity. The development itself is an iterative process of refinement and typically includes the following stages:

  • Creation of an initial mock-up to review overall structure and navigation.
  • Additional refined versions of the site for review; this stage can span several iterations depending on complexity of the overall application.
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT) by a wider audience; for many apps it is important to have testers, similar to the intended audience, to interact with the web app and provide a final round of feedback.

At the end of the process you will be presented with a finished application that meets all your needs.

Completed and On-Going projects

This year we’ve worked on several web apps across the institute. Below is a list of the major applications we’ve worked on and the primary stakeholder for the project. Please feel free to reach out and gather input on the process and the results.

  • “Cost of Crashes” – Ted Miller – project is going live second week of July
  • Human Resources Performance Appraisal – Nicole Hollingsworth – Pilot complete, going live Mid-July
  • Native American Technical Assistance Provider – Roland Moore – site is live, second iteration coming by the end of July
  • Simulated Driving While Intoxicated (SIM-DWI) – Eduardo Romano/Michael Scherer – in development.
  • Native Elder Healthcare – Catie Willging – Just completed the scope and starting development.