Online Makeover: City of Vancouver Public Art Registry

In his role in Cultural Services at the City of Vancouver as Information Management Planner, Will Pritchard acted as Project Owner and liaised between the redevelopment team in Information Technology and the subject matter experts on the Public Art team.

His attention had been drawn to the need for a makeover by a colleague who is savvy in both public art and online apps. Together they developed their goals for the redesign, created a business case, and met with staff in IT and Digital Services. By a stroke of luck, IT was looking for a smallish project to help form a new agile team around, and the Business Relationship Manager for our department secured the opportunity for our project.

Matthias Petry, a skilled IT systems analyst, was architect of the Project Charter as well as Scrum Manager. Everyone learned a lot from Matt and his awesome team about how amazingly effective agile process can be.

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The budget was $50k in tech staff time over approximately 5 months, and utilized the OutSystems development platform. Due to the lean budget, they kept the project scope choked to 80% redeveloping all the core features, with 20% budgeted for value-added features, like multiple images per artwork. OutSystems is configured to render well  on mobile devices like cell phones and tablets.

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The project was also graced by the editorial and design talents of staff in Digital Services and supported by excellent IT managers and business analysts.

The Public Art Registry Makeover came in right on the money.  The result is a beautiful application.

See for yourself: Explore Public Art

Do you have a public-facing online system like this one that could use a makeover?

Could you or your organization use a Project Owner to help you reimagine and steer a project to a successful outcome? Someone who can translate diplomatically between System Analysts and Subject Matter Experts?

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