Communities of Practice

The UW information technology Communities of Practice are groups of colleagues with similar 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.

Communities are divided into three groups: Processes, Systems, Tools. Explore the groups below:


Agile DevelopmentThis group was formed to share successes and challenges across teams practicing agile development.Anne McDonough
apm55 at uw dot edu
UW Agile Development Portal
Business AnalystCreate a regular opportunity for UW Business Analysts to discuss business analysis as a professional discipline, and to learn about UW projects at large.Colleen Kelly
clkelly at uw dot edu
BA Community
Project ManagementShare best practices for managing projects in UW-IT.Greg Koester
koester at uw dot edu
Project Management Community Wiki
TesterTo allow testers to share techniques, tools, challenges and successesKerry Lamb
testingcop at uw dot edu
Tester Brown Bag Wiki


Contact Name
Developer ArchitectureThe Developer Architecture Working Group's (DAWG) mission is to help architect first-class applications to ensure the best possible university computing experience. We touch on a broad range of topics, with the primary focus being on development with and operation of Microsoft technologies.Brent Holterman
bholt at uw dot edu
Embedded ArchitectsBuild 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
rberk at uw dot edu
Embedded Architects Wiki
Microsoft ArchitectureThe MS Architecture Community of Practice group exists to collaborate about the implementation and management of Microsoft technologies. Keywords: share, discover, influence.Brian Arkills
barkills at uw dot edu
Microsoft Architecture CoP Wiki
Research SoftwareGet together with other software developers working in different research labs around campus, and hear about the research they are doing, and the interesting problems they have had to solve to make it happen. We are dedicated to find a way for software developers, often working in isolation, to become great coders. Maria McKinley
parody at uw dot edu
Research Software SIG Wiki


EDW Business IntelligenceThe group meets in a semi-structured format with both presentations and free-form discussion on current enterprise data & analytics issues and news.Ann Wunderlin
annw at uw dot edu
SharepointTo 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
gdfrick at uw dot edu
Sharepoint SIG Portal
Tableau UsersThe group meets bi-monthly in semi-structured format with both presentations and free-form discussion. Our goals include supporting the growing UW Tableau community, Tableau education, troubleshooting assistance, and development and dissemination of best practices.Ann Wunderlin
annw at uw dot edu
Tableau User Group Portal