The design and implementation of accessible features has long been a bugbear for designers and developers alike. That’s not surprising – the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) committee have done a great job of obfuscating the task of delivering inclusive designs.
Take a look at the WCAG 2.0 website. Wade through it. Attempt to make sense of it. It’s labyrinthine! Don’t have to take my word for it either. As an A List Apart article put it:
“the fundamentals of WCAG 2 are nearly impossible for a working standards-compliant developer to understand”.
Technology has the potential to reduce the burden on health services by empowering patients to support themselves better. Apps which record clinical data and then prompt users to undertake activities like exercise, remind patients to take their medication, or provide patient education, already exist, but the uptake is low. Continue reading Creating patient convenient technology→
In common with many organisations BMJ is keen to test new concepts, but when it comes down delivering the goods we have very little capacity available as we cannot justify using a whole sprint team when there is always masses of revenue generating work to deliver. Additionally prototyping is viewed by some as a large investment for low returns. Continue reading Guerrilla Prototyping→
Earlier in October this year, BMJ Technology ran a hack day. The idea was to take novel ideas from around the company and apply new technologies to them, while at the same time creating a team building environment. We decided that two days would allow enough time for a good output, with a show and tell session judged by senior members of BMJ to finish off.
Part of the principle of Lean Startup is to measure how customers respond, and we believe little changes can lead to big improvements. Hence the team has decided to use Google Content Experiments to gather data related to the customer response.
Job Reviews is a new BMJ product that will let doctors create reviews of medical jobs, posts, and rotations. It is designed as a mobile first responsive website and it is part of the BMJ Careers family of products.
In this article I will describe the reasons behind this project, how we implemented it and what is next.
“Owning” an online product as it declutters, rebrands, replatforms, and “responds” to desktop, tablet, and smartphone devices can be a scary business.
I was asked to share these tips, based on my experience of The BMJ responsive design and Drupal 7 migration project, to help fellow product owners as they grapple with Agile, scrums, sprints, backlog grooming, stand-ups, and “show and tells.”