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 Danahy
Business Analysis Join us to meet others who do similar work to you, share knowledge and learn from others, get ideas on business analysis challenges you face, and learn about business analysis careers. Taryn Rex and Piet Niederhausen
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). Frank Barber
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. Rob McDade
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
Productivity Solutions (new members: join here) Engage with colleagues to share your knowledge and learn clever uses of the wide range of productivity tools and platforms available at the UW. We meet once a month for presentations, discussion and hands-on exercises that focus on how to use UW technologies and services. We continue to support each other throughout the month by contributing content, participating in online discussions, and accessing shared resources on one of our collaboration platforms. Greg Frick
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 Bomani Siwatu
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. Bart Pietrzak and Chen Gao
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 and Anna Marie Golden
User Experience & Design Thinking We aim to improve the experience of our systems, services, and development efficiency by focusing on the needs of people using those systems and services. Join us to learn about and user experience design methods and best practices. Together we will discuss and think critically about a range of UX and design thinking topics (e.g. research methods, user-centered design in agile development, interface design, visual design and style). We meet 1x quarterly. William Washington and Jason Civjan
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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