Combining Advanced Technology and Agile Methodology to Serve Veterans
Client: Collaborative Government and Business Non-Profit Organization
When the Government identified a need to develop resources for returning veterans to help them adapt to life after their military service. They looked to a non-profit organization formed by both government and business to drive an innovative portal focused on connecting returning veterans with highly relevant resources based upon need (i.e., physical health, mental health, career counseling, job searches, community and geography). This organization turned to CVP to develop and implement their vision.
Approach and Results
In order to successfully bring the portal online in the short timeframe available, CVP led a team using an Agile development methodology. This extremely diverse and fragmented team moved from vision to a private alpha launch in 10 coding days and to a live public beta launch six weeks after alpha.
How? Using four key drivers:
- Advanced architecture
- Large, multi-vendor team
- Portability to multiple destination sites
- Agile methodologies leading to rapid results
CVP delivered a working prototype within six weeks of project initiation and completed the initial application in less than four months. The result is an online web portal provided from a secure cloud platform with Web 2.0 features such as:
- personal profile,
- extended organizational profiles,
- ratings and comments for all content,
- multi-faceted search and content filtering,
- geospatial mapping of search returns, and
- social networking features.
Its robust APIs and open source core allow other agencies and non-profits to provide the portal capability and data via their own websites.
The portal has been a major success on two key fronts that are relevant to the development process – it was rolled out quickly to meet promised timelines, and it has won awards for innovation excellence. The CVP-led team went from bullets on a PowerPoint slide to a full live beta site within one calendar month with only four full-time developers. More importantly, despite the short timeframe, the beta site included all features and functionality that had been promised before the CVP team arrived on the scene.
Not long after launch, the portal won the MarkLogic Innovation Award at MarkLogic’s annual conference for innovation in the use of the MarkLogic platform – specifically related to the integration of geo-spatial search and the creative use of MarkLogic Server as an open architecture social media platform.