Importing a pretty large D6 site into Pantheon (detailed instructions, with a little help from my friends)

More and more of my clients are using Pantheon to host their Drupal based web applications. This is not an ad, it's just a fact. I'm finding more and more of my development work involves cloning Pantheon based workflow instances and coding and site building within that workflow, and I've seen how it has improved greatly over the years. Now I had to import a quite large Drupal 6 site for a client hoping for a trouble-free Drupal oriented hosting experience while we got on with the site renovation project. While the process was straightforward, and the necessary documentation is there (see References), I thought I'd share my experience as warm and fuzzies for others having to do the same:

Drupal Lean Process: progress report

The #DrupalPicchu sessions have been published, and I will be making the Drupal Lean Process presentation in Cusco. In preparation, the lit-drupal-lean project is in full swing right here on GitHub. Here's a short-list of what has been achieved so far:

  • Some of the most important docs and guides and templates have been gleaned over to the wiki. That includes material on MVP Planning, structured (hypotheses-driven) user stories, collaborative design and style and code guides, scaffolding and a host of templates to people your issue queue.
  • Milestone 1 is in full swing, and the closed issues include some very interesting stuff, like an everything in code manifesto and drush generated install profile + features solution, etc.
  • The codebase in branch master already includes a complete distro starter set, which will then grow via the addition of features, some of which will be base features and will be turned on by the install profile, and some of them will be optional and simply present.
The goal over the next thirty days is that the sample app, lit-drupal-lean, will constitute an easily GitHub clonable drupal + best of breed modules starter kit with built in lean process.
That process will evolve and grow, and will form the basis of a book I wish to publish or self-publish early next year, which will in turn serve as the basis for my current mentoring endeavors for organizations and companies in the process. In the process of forming their own standing teams.
So, star me on GitHub, please! That's where I'm spending most of my time.

Introducing Drupal Lean Process

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I have been working in software development a long time. Early on I recognized the need for Process as a way of re-using best practices for teamwork. At that time, Process implied for most of us the Waterfall model, which divides a development project into discipline based phases, each to be visited once in turn, in a kind of cascade: Requirements; capture the requirements, do the Design, Implementation, Verification and Validation, Deploy, then shift into Maintenance mode. Most people still follow that model implicitly, it has stayed in the everyday consciousness of process, much like Newton's laws instead of the Theory of Relativity, much like the theory of Creationism over the scientific Theory of Evolution kicked off by Charles Darwin. Yep, Waterfall often creeps in even when people say and even when people think they are using Agile. Of course, project difficulties and even failures based on the extremely high propensity (40% minimum) for requirements to change within the life-cycle of a project highlighted the dire need for at least an Iterative and Incremental model. And when that became too top-heavy, at least in its wonderful, eye-opening but hard to tailor and work with Rational Unified Process, I moved on to a kind of personal synthesis of CMMI (love that continuous improvement and organization wide adoption!) and Agile and Scrum approaches. More recently I have loved the simpler work in process and visual approach of the Kanban as a lean variety of Agile:

“Some Agile methods take a more flexible approach to time than Scrum does. (For example, Kanban does away with the notion of a two-week batch of work and places the emphasis on single-piece flow.) But you can still make time within a Scrum sprint in which creative activities can take place.” Gothelf, Jeff (2013-02-22). Lean UX: Applying Lean Principles to Improve User Experience. O'Reilly Media.

Steps I take to install Drupal 7 / Backdrop CMS dev server on an Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on say Digital Ocean Droplet

Easily redoable for a quick dev server for Drupal 7 and/or Backdrop CMS on say a Digital Ocean Droplet:

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