Category Archives: Agile Project: Ratings

A long series of articles documenting the creation of a ratings site using agile practices both for management of requirements and development of the software. Collectively, these articles represent a case study in agile requirements management and agile software development.

Nexus – Third Alpha Release Prioritization

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The second release of nexus went live today (build 127). It included the top features from our prioritized list published yesterday. This enabled the next use case from our first prioritized list of use cases – searching the articles. We also took this opportunity to refactor part of the user interface – adding pagination of articles and search results, and reworking the presentation of the article content based on user feedback.

In this article we look at the content of the third alpha release of nexus.

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APR: Information Architecture – Faceted Navigation


In our previous article in the series on the development of nexus, we discussed navigation and information architecture. We identified the challenge of filtering articles by category and by level of experience (beginner / expert), while also viewing the articles along a characteristic (most-viewed, highest-rated, etc). Between both url-creation and visible site-navigation, the challenge we explored was how to present one facet or dimension as primary and others as secondary.

One of our readers presented a third alternative – faceted navigation.

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APR: Information Architecture Challenge

Challenging Architecture

We have an interesting information architecture challenge as part of our agile project. We have talked about browsing and searching articles organized both by category (product management, business analysis, etc) and by level of expertise (beginner, expert). We’re also rating and reviewing the articles, which introduces the ideas of “latest”, “most reviewed”, “highest rated”, etc.

This presents us with a three-dimensional way to approach structuring the information and navigation of the site.

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APR: Thanks to AustinOnRails Guys!

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Thanks very much to the rock stars who helped us out tonight. Some of these rockstars are former coworkers of mine, and I believe are all active in – next meeting is Tuesday (see the website for more details).

In alphabetical order – everyone chimed in to fix, coach and teach at one point or another.Thanks very much to…

I hope the links send some visitors your way, and thanks again!