Communities of Practice are groups of UW colleagues with similar information technology interests who gather to share common skills, technologies or methodologies. Communities are comprised of people with real-life experience who collectively leverage their individual efforts. Explore the groups below:

Community Purpose Contact
AccessibleWeb@U AccessibleWeb@U is a community of UW web designers, developers, and other interested individuals who discuss and share ideas on building information technologies that work for all people at the UW. Nick Rohde
Agile Development Share successes and challenges across teams practicing agile development. Gabe Florentino and Anne McDonough
By Devs For Devs Build a community of developers that can share informally the low level technical details of the software development projects and problems we daily involve ourselves with. Over time we will investigate and discuss best practices and the tools available at the UW and build a knowledge base to help each other. Marcum Brooks and Maxime Deravet
Computing Directors Serves as a forum for the communication of strategic information technology issues, with the goal of improving the use of technology in teaching, learning, research and service across the university. (Membership in this group is restricted to specific roles and/or by invitation only). Jennifer Ward and Mick Westrick
Drupal Share knowledge and best practices around the Drupal content management system. Participants include site managers, designers, site builders, and developers. Dan Druliner and Heather Wozniak
EDW Business Intelligence Discuss current enterprise data & analytics news and issues. The group meets quarterly in a structured format, with both presentations and free-form discussions. Ann Wunderlin
Embedded Architects Build a community of technical architects that can share expertise, collaborate in problem solving, and help define and promote the UW?’s Enterprise Architecture vision. Rupert Berk
Front-end Technologies Share knowledge around front-end Web development and technologies. Topics include Javascript/CSS/HTML5 coding techniques, Javascript/CSS frameworks, CSS preprocessors, code editors, living style guides, linters and task management build tools. Accessibility, optimization, and responsive design are among the themes. Jeane Marty and Peter Graff
Microsoft Technology This Community of Practice exists to collaborate about the implementation and management of Microsoft technologies. Brian Arkills and Brian Smith
SharePoint Enjoy a brown bag lunch in the company of others in the UW community who work with SharePoint. We share tips and techniques and show examples of the work we are doing. You can also attend using Lync 2013. Greg Frick
Testing Allow testers to share techniques, tools, challenges and successes Kerry Lamb
Tableau Users
(new members: join here)
Support the growing UW Tableau community, through Tableau education, troubleshooting assistance, and development and dissemination of best practices. The group meets every two weeks in semi-structured format with both presentations and free-form discussions. Consultants from Tableau are typically on hand. Ann Wunderlin
Web Council The University of Washington Web Council’s mission is to set the highest standards and best practices for the UW’s Web presence, to foster collaboration and cooperation, and to share resources and expertise in making the UW Internet and Intranet indispensable and accessible to all by providing and promoting the best user experience possible. Gina Hills
WordPress WordPress is used many different ways and our members range from content editors to system administrators. We crowdsource solutions, elicit recommendations, and discuss best practice via our email list. Meetings are comprised of presentations and open discussion. All are welcome, so come share your WordPress work us! Brian Vogt
UW Connect Users A forum for all licensed users of UW Connect to learn about recent and upcoming changes to the tool, share tips and tricks, brainstorm improvements, and help the service team prioritize improvements! Faizan Hasham, Leetza Pegg and Mary Mulvihill

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