One-week intensive Orchard training for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in Manchester

Start Date: 1/23/2013 9:00:00 AM

End Date: 1/29/2013 5:00:00 PM

We were contacted by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, which is a governmental organisation in the United Kingdom, that they would like to migrate both their intranet and internet applications to Orchard - a process they already started to execute. NICE has an experienced team of software developers at the Manchester HQ for whom they sought training solutions in Orchard: that's where we came into picture.

Since we already had a set of training methods outlined (and some experience gained at our university) besides our Training Demo module we happily accepted their request and started working on the refinement and customization of the training materials.

The training came in the end of January, 2013. It was a great experience: not to mention that we discovered some new things about Orchard (and a few bugs) we worked with great people (about 10 attendees) who also got to know the great things about Orchard development (and its heavier sides). The five days of training was divided into four sections:

  • 1.5 days of user training to discover the Admin UI of a fresh Orchard instance
  • 2 days of developer training covering the basics of Orchard module and theme development
  • 0.5 day hackathon: divided into two groups we worked on actual problems that needed to be solved for NICE
  • 1 day pair programming: while working on their current tasks, we worked together with each of the participants for a while to help them advancing in their work

We could conclude that last two sections were the most exciting and profitable (we had to build up the basic knowledge before those, of course), since "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" to quote a Hungarian proverb. We will implement these experiences in our training methods to make the upcoming ones better and more efficient.

Some feedback participants were kind enough to provide:

Carolyn Warburton:

Excellent training in Orchard CMS which will benefit our team at NICE going forwards. The highly skilled trainers delivered a well thought through training package customised for our needs and which will enable us to hit the ground running with our Orchard CMS project.

Boris Karaberberov:

The training helped us understand some of the more subtle and complex aspects of Orchard. In addition it gave us ideas how to improve existing code and solve a few long-standing problems.

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