NCAR/UCAR

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.

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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

Deliverables:

  • User Journey Maps
  • Touchpoint Maps
  • Sketches, mockups & wireframes
  • Interactive prototypes
  • HTML/CSS
  • PHP