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City Council adopts a resolution accepting the concept master plan and potential for future city involvement.

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Powerful search and display tools are being added in the Portland.gov beta, either live already or coming soon.

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A lot going on behind the scenes, but also some visible changes and improvements in the editor experience while keeping the focus on bureau content migration.

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Significant progress was made during this sprint on official City documentation: code, charter, policy, and council business. We also made multiple editor experience improvements and coordinated with several bureaus on their content migration plans.

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A review of features and editor improvements to Portland.gov, for the sprint ending August 6, 2019.

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Two editor enhancements were developed during Sprint 20: enabling featured content on group pages; and providing email notification when an editor has placed content in review.

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BPS welcomed Andrea Durbin this month and, as expected, she is already diving into her role as director. As staff get to know her, we also thought the wider community would appreciate a little insight into what Andrea thinks about the planning and sustainability issues facing Portland.

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A recap of the 18th sprint reflects the POWR team's participation in DrupalCon Seattle, and the transition into the new sprint format. The beta's home page has been redesigned, among general updates and bug fixes to the site.

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Sprint 17 was a period of consolidation. We used the school spring break weeks to cross train our development team on crucial tasks and standards, responded to usability testing with focused improvements, and advanced multiple feature design concepts for the site.

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This was our most productive sprint of the POWR project. The team hunted down bugs, released new page templates for editors, conducted live usability testing in the community, and taught the site's search engine to understand synonyms and protected words.

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The look and feel of Portland.gov is taking shape, as a host of design and features improvements went live during Sprint 15 (Jan 30 - Feb 19). Behind the scenes, several bugs were squished and the content model expanded and refined for our editors.

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POWR Sprint 14 started Wednesday, January 9th and ended on Tuesday, January 29th. This sprint focused on planning for user testing, a new search server, designs for featuring content, and research for upcoming integrations.

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Our most recent, holidays-extended sprint yielded a quiet but major milestone: opening up beta.portland.gov for "soft review," where access to the site is no longer limited to employees.

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Our latest sprint effort included a series of improvements to aid user accessibility, site design options and review, workflow management tweaks for editors -- and of course copious attention to building the community-focused service directory.

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The POWR team put accelerated focus on content origination during Sprint 11, while continuing to improve the experience for both editors and the community.

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The POWR team has been focused on turning design and content into an autumn Beta release. Workshops with partner bureaus, editor improvements, and bug fixes were the goals for Sprint 10.

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Our most recent sprint saw content workshops in full swing, moving us closer to Beta release. Image galleries, group page layouts and color palettes, and early steps creating a Citywide web style guide, were among the highlights of our development work.

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Sprint 8 was a strong period of Alpha site feature refinement in preparation for the upcoming Beta release. Crucial bureau-based content workshops began in earnest and will increase in pace during Sprint 9.