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Summary

This roadmap is a living, continuously-refined document that outlines the design and development tasks and timelines for the Platform Cooperative Development Kit. It is a high level document that structures the project's activities into short 1-3 month sprints. After each milestone, we will revisit the timeline and refine it based on feedback from our co-designers. A visual timeline is also available.

Roadmap


November 2018

Activities

  • Synthesis of responses to questions posed to the platform cooperative community about project website UX

  • Two co-design workshops with SEWA in India (Dana and Michelle from IDRC will attend)

    • First session with in-home beauty workers (who are starting a new cooperative)
    • Second session with Members of the SEWA federation of co-ops

Outcomes

  • Summary of feedback from platform cooperative community about website UX posted to project wiki
  • Design specifications and feature lists, co-created by SEWA participants, for the governance and scheduling tools

December 2018

Activities

  • Iterative design of UX for the Platform Cooperative Development Kit website
  • Create a collection of embedded co-design activities and design prompts to be used by Cataki, Co-Rise, and the Cooperative Life
  • Synthesize and share the results of the co-design workshops with SEWA in November

Outcomes

  • A summary synthesis blog post/wiki page containing outcomes, next steps, and design sketches and stories from the co-design workshops with SEWA

January & February 2019  

Activities

  • Initial implementation of the new website
    • Focus will be on reworking/updating existing key content on the site (such as updated navigation, improved look and feel, cooperative stories)
    • Redevelop the website using a modern CMS framework (such as WordPress or Hugo)
  • Cataki, Co-Rise, and The Co-operative Life will lead and facilitate embedded co-design activities with their communities/members

Outcomes

  • Launch initial "minimum viable user experience" (MVUX) of the new website (first of several incremental releases adding more features and content to the site)

March & April 2019

Activities

  • Synthesize and share the results of the first round of embedded co-design from Cataki, Co-Rise, and The Co-operative Life
  • Start the design and development of the scheduling tool

  • Solicit feedback from platform cooperative community about the updated website

Outcomes

  • A summary synthesis blog post/wiki page containing outcomes, next steps, and design sketches and stories from the co-design with Cataki, Co-Rise, and The Co-operative Life
  • Initial design prototypes for scheduling tool
  • Additional content added to the project website

May & June 2019

Activities

  • Start design and development of the new interactive cooperative map for the website

    • Initial UX design of map

    • Environmental scan and comparative evaluation of mapping technologies/tools

    • Technical "spikes" using various mapping technologies to determine the most appropriate tools
  • Plan embedded co-design activities for Rethink
  • Development team will continue to implement the scheduling tool
  • Design team will continue to design new website features/UX

Outcomes

  • Release of a "minimum viable" version of the scheduling tool
  • Summary of second round of feedback from platform cooperative community about website UX posted to project wiki
  • Project website updated in response to feedback from the community

July & August 2019

Activities

  • Start the design and development of the governance tool
  • Development team will continue to implement the interactive map
  • Design team will continue to design new website features/UX
  • Rethink will lead and facilitate embedded co-design activities with their communities/members

Outcomes

  • Release of the first version of the interactive cooperative map on the website

September, October, November 2019

Activities

  • Plan a series of feedback and co-design sessions ("Phase 2 co-design") with participating cooperatives focused on the scheduling tool, governance tool, interactive map, and website
  • Participating cooperatives will provide feedback and design refinements to the scheduling tool, governance tool, interactive map, and website via phase 2 co-design activities
  • Synthesize and share the results of the first round of embedded co-design from Rethink
  • Development team will continue to implement the governance tool
  • Design team will continue to design governance and scheduling tools

Outcomes

  • A summary synthesis blog post/wiki page containing outcomes, next steps, and design refinements from Rethink co-design
  • Initial version of the governance tool released

December 2019, January & February 2020

Activities

  • Design initial user experience for the Learning Commons
  • Development team will continue to implement the governance and scheduling tools
  • Design team will continue to design governance and scheduling tools

Outcomes

  • Updated version of the governance tool released
  • A summary blog post/wiki page containing outcomes, next steps, and design refinements from Phase 2 co-design
  • Design prototypes and requirements for the Learning Commons

March & April 2020

Activities

  • Solicit feedback from platform cooperative community about the current state of website
  • Improvements to the scheduling tool based on feedback from partner co-ops

  • Development will implement the learning commons

Outcomes

  • Launch of initial version of the Learning Commons
  • Updated release of the scheduling tool
  • Summary of third round of feedback from platform cooperative community about website UX posted to project wiki

May, June, July 2020

Activities

  • Refine and improve the design and implementation of:
    • website
    • scheduling tool
    • governance tool
    • interactive cooperative map
    • learning commons

Outcomes

  • Updated versions of the website, scheduling and governance tools, interactive map, and the learning commons
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