Project management

Sharing the love (and our office)

Our friends at customer experience consultancy cxpartners have shared their experiences of collaborating with us on the project to redevelop the R&D section of the Jisc website.

We invited the team to come and work in our offices during key stages of design development. This meant that, rather than communicating through long – and sometimes slow – email exchanges, they could just swing by our desks and run their ideas past us in person.


What’s more, as the development of the R&D section is of interest to so many colleagues outside of the web team, it was lovely to have an open door so people could pop in and have a nose at what we were up to.

Read Neil Schwarz‘s blog post in full on the cxpartners website: How a goldfish bowl and a biscuit tin helped us collaborate. He’s keen to hear inspired collaboration ideas from others.

By Nathalie Carter

A Bristolian woman of web. Working mostly on keeping our content tip top as well as the smooth day-to-day running of the website.

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