TYPO3 User Experience Week 2016 – T3UXW16

Added by Naike Beggiato about 4 years ago

"In 2009 we had the user experience week, which was a great success. 30 hand picked developers, designers and project managers gathered for a whole week “in a castle in the middle of nowhere” to brain storm about the future of the TYPO3 user interface.

During a week full of creative chaos and team spirit lots of great ideas have been created, which have been pushing the experience for TYPO3 users to a new level. Backend Layouts, the new page tree, a completely new backend design, the introduction package – all these things have been started and partly finished at that great event.

In 2014 the concept has been brought back to life. T3UXW14 and T3UXW15 have been quite successful and the concept has found a great acceptance amongst participants and especially the core team. In 2015 we combined the T3UXW15 with a core sprint of 10 active contributors, enabling us to have eye to eye communication between the teams taking care of the new concepts and the developers who have to actually bring those concepts to life later on. This helped a lot to get more understanding for the way the different teams are thinking and working on similar tasks.

Now the idea is to have an event like that each year. It will include distributions , well thought backend concepts and designs for usability solutions and themes. And it will shift the focus away from pure coding, making the event more attractive for designers, copy writers, project managers and UI/UX people than the official developer days.

Again we want to invite 30 people to form 5 teams, who will join in the middle of nowhere. Each team should have 3 coders, 2 designers and 1 project manager. We will try to involve more users and less developers, so that we can get feedback from real life projects instead of just guessing what people might need. The teams then will have to take over exactly one task each, which will be defined beforehand, so participants can prepare stuff instead of starting from scratch. The rest of the agenda will be defined by the participants on location.

The location will be the “Festenburg” near Clausthal-Zellerfeld, operated by the BSW, which is a charity organisation of the Deutsche Bahn AG. Their website http://www.bsw24.de/Wald-und-Sporthotel-Fest.48+M584965a0c47.0.html is powered by TYPO3 btw. The feedback of participants in 2014 and 2015 was quite positive and the prices are extremely affordable, which is why we will keep it as the location for T3UXW16.

We are planning for a whole week in April from 2016/04/09 to 2016/04/16, since this will take care of vacations in German schools, so the location will be less crowded. People will arrive Saturday and we will start with a warmup Sunday for team building, where we will visit one of the numerous monuments of the world cultural heritage in the Upper Harz. The rest of the time will hopefully be spent with the same creativity we already experienced at other TYPO3 events.

The goal is to prototype new backend modules for localization and workspaces, to improve and modernize the user experience of the TYPO3 products and lower the barriers for new users, integrators and contributors. Especially with the new TYPO3 CMS LTS version 7, which will have a bootstrap based backend, there will be lots of possible improvements for CMS 8 and 9.

The organisation and prepration of this event will be sponsored and managed by our company, but we will ask for additional sponsors as well, since we want to invite some special guests, who might not be available just for the name of TYPO3. So the budget is just for some small incentives and the usual enabling costs for 7 days with 30 people. Additionally we want to make sure that people really deliver what they promised, especially when there will be sponsors who will pay for their working time, which is one of the lessons learned from the past. This already worked fine with the Gridelements and Themes sprints as well as with T3UXW14 and 15.

Sponsoring working time will be possible in 3 different ways: Either people can participate themselves just as most freelancers would do it, or they can send one or more of their employees, or they can pay for one ore more other people to enable them to come. We want to make sure, that the value of the working time invested by the participants will be made visible as well, since this is something most people easily forget. We will measure it based on the hourly rate of the TYPO3 association.

After the event there might be additional meetings and sprints for each particular team, but this depends on the amount of sponsoring we will be able to rise."

BO: Petra Hasenau
Euro 36'000.00
EAB Responsible: Martin Wiederkehr