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06/30/2007 - Terabyte Triangle Teams with EWU Class

The Terabyte Triangle was a client of Eastern Washington University Computer Science’s senior software engineering class, CSCD 451, spring quarter. The purpose of the collaboration was to revamp the backend database of the Terabyte Triangle’s Web site, as a foundation for updated features. Overdue for some serious work, changes will be implemented over the next several weeks.

The Terabyte Triangle (TT), represented by Billie Moreland, TT’s newsletter and Web content editor, was an example of a “non-technically sophisticated” client in need of deeply technical assessment and implementation. The process started with a presentation by Moreland showing the current attributes of the TT Web site and a general discussion about what was good, what was bad, and what was acceptable but might be improved. A team of seven students then formed for study and implementation.

Following the principals of Agile Software Development, the students identified a multitude of “user stories”. Each student was assigned one or more user stories to develop. During bi-weekly stand up meetings, the team members reported their research and narrowed the user stories into components and assigned a priority to each component. After that they developed and formalized a completely new database design. Finally, they were ready to write code, with tracking provided by “user story cards” on the classroom’s back wall.

The results feature many improvements – some featuring technology unavailable when the Web site was originally designed. Watch for hugely improved maps features for Terabyte Triangle buildings and businesses. There will be a much needed search capability, and the archived articles will be categorized and easier to identify and use. Always an important consideration, security of the system will be even more rigorous. Over time, there will even be changes in the design of the newsletter.

Many thanks go to the hardworking software engineering students of Dr. Steve Simmons, professor of computer science at EWU. Several were sufficiently enthusiastic about the project that they expressed interest in working over the summer break to speed the implementation of the new database, and to develop some portions of the user stories that fell by the wayside due to time constraints. This work will be executed in partnership with the Triangle’s long-standing Web development and hosting partner, Interlink Advantage.

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