The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is a federally funded research and development center devoted to service, research and education in the atmospheric and related sciences. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is a non-profit consortium of more than 100 North American member colleges and universities focused on research and training in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences, which manages and operates NCAR.
I worked for NCAR/UCAR in a Web/UX Lead role, providing UX and Engineering leadership on a new team responsible for enterprise-wide improvements to the NCAR/UCAR web presence. Areas of focus included user experience, information architecture, code refactoring, and development workflows. My team delivered many new features and enhancements for top-level UCAR websites, improved workflows for content creators, reduced legacy code by thousands of lines, and implemented automation for web development workflows.
My team was also a pilot for the Agile/Scrum methodology and an experimental cross-organizational team. Developers and stakeholders alike saw immediate benefits to the Agile/Scrum framework, such as the clear prioritization of work, faster time to delivery, and better collaboration. I volunteered for the Scrum Master role within the team, helping to keep developers on track and overcome impediments.
Some highlights in my two years at NCAR/UCAR include: developing several responsive Drupal themes; building a prototype application for K-8 kids as part of a Google Design Sprint; serving as co-chair of the UCAR Drupal User’s Group (UDUG); serving as a member of the Web Advisory Group (WAG).
What I did:
- User experience design
- Usability analysis & recommendations
- Information architecture
- Graphic/Visual design
- Front-end development & testing
- User Journey Maps
- Touchpoint Maps
- Sketches, mockups & wireframes
- Interactive prototypes