UW TechConnect

Communities of Practice are groups of UW colleagues with similar information technology interests who gather to share common skills, technologies or methodologies. Communities are comprised of people with real-life experience who collectively leverage their individual efforts. Have a community you want to add or want to find out more about starting a community? Contact help@uw.edu. Explore the groups below:

Community Purpose Contact
AccessibleWeb@U AccessibleWeb@U is a community of UW web designers, developers, and other interested individuals who discuss and share ideas on building information technologies that work for all people at the UW. Nick Rohde
Agile Development Share successes and challenges across teams practicing agile development. Gabe Florentino and Anne Danahy
Business Analysis Join us to meet others who do similar work to you, share knowledge and learn from others, get ideas on business analysis challenges you face, and learn about business analysis careers. Piet Niederhausen
CoP Leaders Group
(New members: join here)
Our TechConnect communities are loosely coordinated through a leaders group which helps us impart richness across all communities. We gather monthly to discuss measures of success for communities, how to cultivate widely diverse groups, maturity of communities, how to embrace various forms of structure from formal to informal, and a whole range of other topics. Brent Holterman
Computing Directors Serves as a forum for the communication of strategic information technology issues, with the goal of improving the use of technology in teaching, learning, research and service across the university. (Membership in this group is restricted to specific roles and/or by invitation only). Roland Lai and Tiffany Quatmann
Customer Experience Join us to discuss and share tools and techniques to improve the experience of your customers. Shane McCartney,
El Schofield,
Jennifer Connors, and
Shea Jacobson
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion We know through experience that including individuals with different ideas, perspectives and backgrounds creates a stronger and more creative work environment that delivers better results. This community advocates for a culture of openness and inclusivity within IT across the UW. Our intention is to create a culture wherein individuals’ sense of pride and belonging transcends any role or team. Join us as we explore ways to help our IT community feel included, valued and supported. DEI Administrators
Drupal Share knowledge and best practices around the Drupal content management system. Participants include site managers, designers, site builders, and developers. Dan Druliner and Heather Wozniak
Embedded Architects Build a community of technical architects that can share expertise, collaborate in problem solving, and help define and promote the UW?’s Enterprise Architecture vision. Rupert Berk
Front-end Technologies Share knowledge around front-end Web development and technologies. Topics include Javascript/CSS/HTML5 coding techniques, Javascript/CSS frameworks, CSS preprocessors, code editors, living style guides, linters and task management build tools. Accessibility, optimization, and responsive design are among the themes. Jeane Marty and Pete Graff Frontend@uw.edu
IT Student Employment Share ideas for all things related to employing students in IT roles. Compile a list of any useful templates, best practices, and documentation. Anyone who currently employs or hopes to employ students is welcome to attend. Theresa Gilbert, Diego Bartholomew, and Nick Whelan
Microsoft Technology This Community of Practice exists to collaborate about the implementation and management of Microsoft technologies. Brian Arkills, Bruce Edwards, James Morris and Tiffany Quatmann ms-tech@uw.edu
O365 SharePoint Technologies Enjoy a brown bag lunch in the company of others in the UW community who work with O365 SharePoint and related technologies. We share tips and techniques and show examples of the work we are doing. You can also attend remotely using Microsoft Teams. Email the SharePoint CoP list with questions
Program Management (new members: join here) Provide a forum for collaboration with project managers and those working on projects in the UW Community. Cass Tang
Testing Allow testers to share techniques, tools, challenges and successes Bomani Siwatu
Tableau Users (new members: join here) Support the growing UW Tableau community, through Tableau education, troubleshooting assistance, and development and dissemination of best practices. The group meets every month in a semi-structured format with both presentations and free-form discussions. Consultants from Tableau are typically on hand. Bart Pietrzak
Video and Digital Content Creators (join here) The Video and Digital Content Creators group seeks to connect creative video and digital content producers across the University of Washington. Participants can share their work, exchange knowledge and resources and inspire one another. Cara Podenski
User Experience & Design Thinking
(new members join here)
We aim to improve the experience of our systems, services, and development efficiency by focusing on the needs of people using those systems and services. Join us to learn about and user experience design methods and best practices. Together we will discuss and think critically about a range of UX and design thinking topics (e.g. research methods, user-centered design in agile development, interface design, visual design and style). We meet once a quarter, location and time TBD William Washington and Jason Civjan
Web Council The University of Washington Web Council’s mission is to set the highest standards and best practices for the UW’s Web presence, to foster collaboration and cooperation, and to share resources and expertise in making the UW Internet and Intranet indispensable and accessible to all by providing and promoting the best user experience possible. Jeff Hendrickson and Thom Thorpe uweb@uw.edu
WordPress Users Group WordPress is used many different ways and our members range from content editors to system administrators. We crowdsource solutions, elicit recommendations, and discuss best practice via our email list. Meetings are comprised of presentations and open discussion. All are welcome, so come share your WordPress work us! Anna Marie Golden, Teri Shelton, Bill Swann, and Brian Vogt
UW Connect Users A forum for all licensed users of UW Connect to learn about recent and upcoming changes to the tool, share tips and tricks, brainstorm improvements, and help the service team prioritize improvements! Faizan Hasham, Leetza Pegg and Mary Mulvihill