March 4, 2019
Location: STEM Center
John Campbell (Smorgborg)
Discussed scope of involvement from club members
John appreciates candid conversation. He is looking to constantly improve his platform, so he wants the club members to find good bugs and provide feedback.
Personal objectives from club members:
See how code comes together to produce an actual product
Get better perspective with regards to business development (e.g., funding, building customer base, etc.)
John opened up opportunity for club members to ask his lead developer, Shawn, questions about development
Better to aggregate multiple questions and ask them in a grouped manner, rather than shooting questions over one by one.
Discussed stack of platform:
Discussed Agile Development strategies
John utilizes the User Stories format when determining product backlog and feature prorities
Zenhub Chrome extension has proven to be very useful
Currently trying to do 1 week sprints
John talked about the features of Shawn that he appreciates. These are ways Shawn provides value to John:
Can translate ideas to code and understands product well enough to implement it
Can critically analyze requests and make appropriate decisions on what steps to take
Contrasted against outsourced jobs. Most of the time these developers will give you exactly what you ask for, even if it wasn’t what you actually had in mind.
Talked about how Smorgborg implements QA
Mainly John and Shawn’s own experience on the platform
Also rely on end users (there is a help & feedback option in the menu)
John gave an overview of the Smorgborg platform:
Designed for clubs and organizations
Eventually wants to accommodate large organizations (i.e., Chamber of Commerce orgs)
As you connect to other organizations, their events and activities show up on your organization’s calendar so your members can be informed
Ability to co-host events
Currently implementing a messaging feature (bare-bones version of Slack)
John is looking for feedback on additional features and what to prioritize
Devon will send Smorgborg invites out to everyone so they can begin to play around with the platform.
Next meeting TBD (most likely will be a Zoom conference call)