Something New #26 – Write a Design Spec

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March 20, 2011 by Darlene McC

My part-time job involves working with the Sahana Software Foundation on the Agasti project’s Mayon branch, and on Friday Google announced that SSF has been accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code 2011! That, combined with a few other community building opportunities, means the Mayon project needs to fling the doors open and have something for all these hands to work on; and those of us closest to the project have had to step up and get some work done.

Saturday morning was spent writing design specs for new modules for Mayon. ¬†It’s probably not that exciting for anyone not interested in Emergency Management, HFOSS, or PHP programming, but I started by developing this spec template over the last few weeks and then fleshing it out: like this Volunteer Management spec.

Hopefully we’ll get a great batch of students for GSoC and a healthy injection of other volunteers this summer to help flesh out Mayon and make it a viable (free) planning tool for Emergency Managers all over the world.

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