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[ui-best-practices-working-group] Proposed agenda for September 13 meeting

I would like to propose the following agenda for the
ui-best-practices-working-group meeting on September 13.

Conference Call: Wednesday, September 13, 9:30 PDT 613.287.8000 or
866.362.7064 passcode 892048#


* Review action items - listed below

* Review the additional detail to the charter related activities -
listed below


Any other suggestions are most welcome.


-------------------- Previous action items


* Bjorn to change the name of the group, mailing list and wiki 

* Bob to draft a general call to action to join the group 

* Bob to update the wiki with the new charter 

* Troy to draft the next level of detail for the charter and what we
wish to ask the planning council to drive as requirements. 

* Membership invitations - develop leads and invite: 

   * Bob - Borland, Actuate 

   * Boris - Intel 

   * Wassim - WTP 


--------------------- Charter related activities




   PURPOSE: Assess the state of the project with respect to usability;
prioritize corrective measures and work them into the release plan


  TIMING: At the start of a new development cycle, during planning phase


  WHO DOES THIS:  UI lead and interested others from a given project


  APPROACH: Project team gathers usability issues from sources which may
include, but are not limited to, the following: newsgroup questions, UI
walkthroughs, Bugzilla reports, usability tests on the previous release,




- Project team members summarize issues into a list and assign
severities to each item (e.g., 1 - prevents completion of task, 2 -
significant delay in task completion, 3 - minor delay in task

            - File requirements for feature level work, file bug reports
for smaller items

            - Post prioritized list on project wiki with links to
related requirements/bug reports for items that have them (example list
format: itemID, description, severity, requirement/bug report link,
assigned release)




  PURPOSE: Share information about what is under way in the various
projects; early identification and dissemination of good UI solutions,
early identification and dissuasion from not-so-good UI practices


  TIMING: Near the middle of the development cycle


  WHO DOES THIS: UIBP group schedules these meetings with UI leads from
the various project teams; this will likely involve only a subset of the
projects over a given cycle due to time constraints


  APPROACH: A given project team demos the major features being added
for the release. Demos should reflect typical usage scenarios.
Presentation must accommodate a distributed audience (e.g., use WebEx or
comparable technology). Although the meeting will focus on a given
project, each meeting should be publicized to all project UI personnel
so others can optionally attend.



            - UIBP group culls potential examples - whether positive or
negative - for addressing in the UI guidelines. These are kept in a
sandbox type area of the wiki.  

           - Any suggestions for UI improvements from the UIBP group are
communicated directly to the project UI lead




  PURPOSE: Identify candidates for final hour usability/UI cleanup.
These items will tend to be cosmetic since few if any destabilizing
changes can be introduced at this point.


  TIMING: Late in the development cycle - post code complete but fairly
early in the bug fixing phase


  WHO DOES THIS: Minimally, the UI team members from each project; it's
also a good idea to invite one or two additional individuals who aren't
as close to the project - they can offer a novel viewpoint




            - Members of the review group refresh their recollection of
the UI guidelines checklist (each member can cover several sections)

            - The group jointly walks through the product, in the role
of a new user, following the major usage scenarios, and identifying
areas for improvement

            - A list of potential fixes is prioritized and the set that
will actually get fixed is decided upon

            - The final fix list is posted on the project wiki


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