[Archivesspace_Users_Group] tutorial on ArchivesSpace's use of Pivotal Tracker and development roadmap?

Cassandra A Schmitt schmitt at umd.edu
Thu Apr 17 14:09:34 EDT 2014

The below suggestions would be incredibly helpful.  I know as we move forward with our local implementation it is getting increasingly difficult to plan some of our work without knowing when certain functionality is likely to be completed.


From: archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org [mailto:archivesspace_users_group-bounces at lyralists.lyrasis.org] On Behalf Of Audra Eagle Yun
Sent: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:58 PM
To: archivesspace_users_group at lyralists.lyrasis.org
Subject: Re: [Archivesspace_Users_Group] tutorial on ArchivesSpace's use of Pivotal Tracker and development roadmap?

Well said, Christine. It would be great to have a bit more clarification on the development of ASpace as it happens, especially user story priorities and release timelines.

Here in the UC system we're participating in the development of a systemwide digital asset management system. I think they have done a fantastic job of outlining the project, its sprints and releases, timelines, as well as technical details (using Pivotal Tracker) in an implementation wiki: https://wiki.library.ucsf.edu/display/UCLDC/UCLDC+Implementation Their use of an agile model for development has been incredibly useful for stakeholders to see progress as it happens incrementally.

A resource like a wiki page could be a way for the User Group to see progress in a more transparent, simplified way. I appreciate efforts to track user stories and look forward to continued communication from the ASpace team on improvements and new features.

Audra Eagle Yun
Acting Head of Special Collections & Archives
University Archivist
University of California, Irvine Libraries
PO Box 19557 | Irvine, CA 92623-9557
On 4/17/2014 9:25 AM, Christine Di Bella wrote:
Given that many issues we users note here have been noted previously by project team members, it would be really helpful to hear from Brad and others on the ArchivesSpace team about how members and other ArchivesSpace users can look up and "read" stories in Pivotal Tracker and determine whether an issue is being actively addressed. For example, it looks like the stories on search that Chris Prom submitted are all in the "Icebox" and presumably not being actively worked on. What goes into determining priorities and how are the different categories being used by the ArchivesSpace team?

It would also be great to be able to understand what's intended for near-term and longer term releases. I'm admittedly confused by all the different release candidates listed in Pivotal Tracker for 1.0.9 and could use a primer on that, but I'm also very interested in knowing what's prioritized for the future and how that has been determined.

I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that I really want ArchivesSpace to succeed and I fully recognize that it's only a small team for whom this is a full-time job. The more you can help us to navigate the information available - and to do our part to make sure it's recorded when something is really important to us - the more we can hopefully help that happen. Thanks in advance!

Christine Di Bella
Shelby White and Leon Levy Archives Center
Institute for Advanced Study
Einstein Drive
Princeton, NJ  08540
Email : cdibella at ias.edu<mailto:cdibella at ias.edu>
Phone: 609-734-8368
Website : http://library.ias.edu/archives


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