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Analysis

Overview

As project blog and mail list are regular tasks, the requirements are not different from previous revisions.

Task requirements

Send two e-mails:

  • Mail1 to the sophie2-devs list - contains last sprint summary
  • Mail2 to the sophie2-users list - contains information mentioned below
    • Features
    • Latest release
    • Upcoming releases
    • Features expected in the next release
  • Collect this information about current iteration and send an e-mail containing it.

Write two blog posts for this iteration
Post 1: (at the iteration start)

  • Last sprint overview (added features and functionality)
  • Explain interesting technologies introduced in this sprint
  • What went well
  • What could be better
  • Decided improvements that will be applied

Post 2: (at the middle of the iteration)

  • Progress overview
  • Interesting technologies used
  • Challanging tasks
  • Applied improvements (from the sprint closing)

Task result

Two e-mails. One to the developer group and one to the user group. Two blog posts.

Implementation idea

For the e-mail one, keep the structure of previous revisions of this task. Contact the release team to get the changelog. You may include feature from the feature schedule the release team is working on. Use the closing log from the repository.

SCS_PROJECT_BLOG_R5?
SCS_MAIL_LIST_R5?

How to demo

Explain what is done. Show the blog posts.

Design

  • Sample content for the devs mail and blog post
    ITERATION_05 Summary
    ITERATION_05 is over and now it is time to look back at what has been done.
    As scheduled on March 13 we delivered the pre-alpha4 version of Sophie 2, which is available for download here [http://www.sophie2.org/users/downloads.html]. We also are proud to present the new Sophie 2 community site [http://www.sophie2.org] which will be enhanced even more in the upcoming week. We had a lot of design discussions which improved the global vision of the team members, you can find the videos here [http://sophie2.org/trac/wiki/Videos]. We managed to create stable wireframe for the specifications of the project and improved the overall quality of the code.
    But now let’s pay attention to the Sophie 2 third release and its features. Sophie 2 pre-alpha4 can run on Windows, Linux and MacOS and includes many of the functionalities (some in prototype form) of the final product. Some of them are: inserting different types of resources like pdf files, images, audio and video files, creating annotations, basic frame manipulation and others that you can check by yourself. Although there are still some known issues most of which are listed in the product’s download page [http://www.sophie2.org/users/downloads.html] in the section “Known Problems”.
    As usual we’re going to inform you about the results of the iteration closing in the next section.
    What went well:
     * release was on time
     * new functionalities were added to the product
     * team’s availability has improved a lot
     * discussions helped to spread the global vision
     * lots of blockers were fixed
    What could be better:
     * because of the release date we didn’t follow the process
     * we may need to simplify the process
     * self management could be better
    How to improve:
     * better self management
     * improve the process
     * prioritizing of tasks
     * do some pair programming
    Best regards from the Sophie team!
    
  • Send the sample content to Nick and Ludmil for possible corrections.
  • Fix it according to the recommendations and send it in the implementation phase of the task.
  • Created sample mail for the users' mail list after consulting with the release team member:
    The last release of Sophie 2 is available for download from here (http://www.sophie2.org/users/downloads.html). Now all users can try it for themselves.
    With the upcoming release of Sophie 2 first alpha, we brought to you full list of the features and functionalities that are implemented and introduced (notice that some of them are in prototype phase) in our previous releases:
    
    Pre-alpha 2 Release – 2008/12/15
    The initial Sophie 2.0 release is a proof of concept of Sophie's core. Included in this release will be:
        * Sophie running on Windows and Linux (Can be run on the Macintosh with configuration changes)
        * Basic Sophie UI
               * Flaps
               * Menus
               * Frames
        * Simple text support
        * Sophie Properties - While not visible, properties define Sophie objects and are key to the design.
        * Inspector - The inspector displays information about Sophie objects, including the properties
        * Prototypical dialog support
    The Interim Sophie Community Server
        * Team Task List (using Trac)
        * Download page
        * Release documentation
        * Mail lists
        * Discussion forum
        * Developers wiki
    
    Pre-alpha 3 Release – 2009/02/13
    This release brings more core functionality to Sophie (in prototypical form), including:
        * Property thread safety
        * Undo manager
        * More menu support
        * Page Template core support
        * Page object alignment
        * Selecting multiple page objects
        * Frame bounding properties, for example margins
        * Audio and video support
        * Build Server
        * Initial plugin support
        * Halos and huds
    
    Pre-alpha 4 Release – 2009/03/13
    This release brings the following features to prototype status:
        * Links
        * Internal support for plugin configuration
        * Resource manipulation
        * Community Web Site
        * Sophie Server
               * Search
        * Book desktop
    We will also start the process of tuning Author, looking for issues and correcting them.
    
    Pre-alpha 5 Release – 2009/04/17
    This release continues to improve existing features and brings additional features to prototype status, including:
        * Skinning
               * Default Skin
               * Alternative Skin
        * Application Help
        * Resource list filters
        * Resource change list
        * Internal definition of Sophie Book File Format
        * Page zooming
        * Page property editing
        * Frame rotation
    
    Our next release is scheduled for 2009/05/15, we expect it to include improvements on the features that were introduced earlier and some new things like:
     * Timelines (prototype stage)
     * Printing
     * Page element grouping (prototype stage)
     * PDF export
    Most features expected to ship in Sophie 2 will be initially available in this release. Bugs are expected and some features will not be fully usable.
    
    Best regards, Sophie Team.
    
  • Someone from the release team must review the mail for the users before being sent.

Implementation

  • Fixed content
    ITERATION_05 Summary
    ITERATION_05 is over and now it is time to look back at what has been done.
    As scheduled on March 13 we delivered the pre-alpha4 version of Sophie 2, which is available for download here [http://www.sophie2.org/users/downloads.html]. We also are proud to present the new Sophie 2 community site [http://www.sophie2.org] which will be enhanced even more in the upcoming week. We had a lot of design discussions which improved the global vision of the team members, you can find the videos here [http://sophie2.org/trac/wiki/Videos]. We managed to create stable wireframe for the specifications of the project and improved the overall quality of the code.
    But now let’s pay attention to the Sophie 2 third release and its features. Sophie 2 pre-alpha4 can run on Windows, Linux and MacOS and includes many of the functionalities (some in prototype form) of the final product. Some of them are: inserting different types of resources like pdf files, images, audio and video files, creating annotations, basic frame manipulation and others that you can check by yourself. Although there are still some known issues most of which are listed in the product’s download page [http://www.sophie2.org/users/downloads.html] in the section “Known Problems”.
    As usual we’re going to inform you about the results of the iteration closing in the next section.
    What went well:
     * release was on time
     * new functionalities were added to the product
     * team’s availability has improved a lot
     * discussions helped to spread the global vision
     * lots of blockers were fixed
    What could be better:
     * because of the release date we didn’t follow the process
     * we may need to simplify the process
     * self management could be better
    How to improve:
     * better self management
     * improve the process
     * prioritizing of tasks
     * do some pair programming
    Best regards from the Sophie team!
    
  • The mail was sent to the devs and post was created in the blog.
  • Following mail was sent to the users' mail list after discussing its content with the member of the release team
    The last release of Sophie 2 is available for download from here (http://www.sophie2.org/users/downloads.html). Now all users can try it for themselves.
    With the upcoming release of Sophie 2 first alpha, we brought to you full list of the features and functionalities that are implemented and introduced (notice that some of them are in prototype phase) in our previous releases:
    
    Pre-alpha 2 Release – 2008/12/15
    The initial Sophie 2.0 release is a proof of concept of Sophie's core. Included in this release will be:
        * Sophie running on Windows and Linux (Can be run on the Macintosh with configuration changes)
        * Basic Sophie UI
               * Flaps
               * Menus
               * Frames
        * Simple text support
        * Sophie Properties - While not visible, properties define Sophie objects and are key to the design.
        * Inspector - The inspector displays information about Sophie objects, including the properties
        * Prototypical dialog support
    The Interim Sophie Community Server
        * Team Task List (using Trac)
        * Download page
        * Release documentation
        * Mail lists
        * Discussion forum
        * Developers wiki
    
    Pre-alpha 3 Release – 2009/02/13
    This release brings more core functionality to Sophie (in prototypical form), including:
        * Property thread safety
        * More menu support
        * Page Template core support
        * Page object alignment
        * Selecting multiple page objects
        * Frame bounding properties, for example margins
        * Audio and video support
        * Build Server
        * Initial plugin support
        * Halos and huds
    
    Pre-alpha 4 Release – 2009/03/13
    This release brings the following features to prototype status:
        * Links
        * Internal support for plugin configuration
        * Resource manipulation
        * Community Web Site
        * Sophie Server
               * Search
        * Book desktop
    We will also start the process of tuning Author, looking for issues and correcting them.
    
    Pre-alpha 5 Release – 2009/04/17
    This release continues to improve existing features and brings additional features to prototype status, including:
        * Skinning
               * Default Skin
               * Alternative Skin
        * Application Help
        * Resource list filters
        * Resource change list
        * Internal definition of Sophie Book File Format
        * Page zooming
        * Page property editing
        * Frame rotation
    
    Our next release is scheduled for 2009/05/15, we expect it to include improvements on the features that were introduced earlier and some new things like:
     * Timelines (prototype stage)
     * Printing
     * Page element grouping (prototype stage)
     * PDF export
    Most features expected to ship in Sophie 2 will be initially available in this release. Bugs are expected and some features will not be fully usable.
    
    Best regards, Sophie Team.
    

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