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2015 Telluride Mountainfilm World Tour - Oct 15 & 16

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Read more…

2.4 - Books, Feedback, Search

We've been busy this summer and not just with hiking, climbing, and paddling. We've been adding some cool new features to our website and are excited to unveil mountaineers.org 2.4 including improvements for books, feedback surveys, and searches. Read more…

Technology Projects

project plan, scope and execution
The future of mountaineers.org
Technology Blog
Have an Idea?

 

Project Plan, Scope and execution

The Mountaineers has historically made technology decisions based on immediate needs, without a clear focus on governance, effectiveness, or efficiency of the entire technology environment. While this has allowed us to change how we run the organization for the better, it has also been a challenge for us to keep up with the pace of change. In this project, we've taken a proactive and strategic approach with a holistic view of how we've used technology in the past and examined the possibilities for how we'd like to use it in the future.

In 2010 we started gathering feedback from volunteers, members, and guests that became the outline of our design requirements. Starting in May 2013, we created our website using an "agile development" process which allowed us to test our website as we created it. We completed internal functional development (how stuff works) and testing, and content development (words and images) in late February 2014. We conducted external "beta" testing with a group of key volunteers from around our organization in March to April. The final week of April and early May we spent fixing the bugs uncovered during testing and completing the content development. We launched on May 5th, an ideal launch date because it is a transitional period for us. Many courses that started in winter and spring are winding down and the spring and summer activity programs are just starting to wind up.

Our ultimate goal with our new website was to simplify and improve as many processes as possible.

  • We designed and built simple tools for our leaders, making it easier for our volunteers to volunteer: schedule and manage activities, schedule and manage courses, manage committee rosters and documents. Are you a leader? Learn more about all of these features on our Leader Resources page.
  • We added new features like our badges and blogs and created new web pages where people can easily learn about who we are, what we do and where we gather.

We are quite pleased with the results. Our new website is friendly, contemporary, and modern. Our courses and activities are more accessible, making it easy for everyone to explore, learn about and protect the outdoors with us. We created a blog that highlights our skilled volunteers, showcases our diverse conservation efforts, and directs everyone to our vast portfolio of outdoor knowledge.

The Future of mountaineers.org

As you can imagine, we’re excited about this project and what it means for our members and our programs. Watching this evolve from early user interface discussions to a nearly completed system has been fantastic. But we’re not done... and, arguably, we will never be done. Our launch on May 5, 2014 was just the beginning of a constantly evolving technology platform. We will work to continually enhance our new website with improvements and new features to better meet our needs.

Through the course of this project, we identified many more features that were not in the May 5th launch. Some were because of complexity, some because of time, and for many, we want everyone to get used to our new system and its capabilities before enhancing or adding certain features. We have dozens of items on our backlog. Some are very important, and some are not as important. We will review and prioritize these items and any identified by you, our volunteers, members and guests. Here is our list of top priority enhancements:

  • Integrating book purchase into the shopping cart so that members to purchase books along with a membership and course.
  • Importing activity and course history so that members can review what they’ve done and staff can create reports. Note that all prerequisites one might need for activity registration are the badge rosters that were imported at launch.
  • Improved accounting functionality and integration.
  • Improved course functionality, mostly aimed at making instructor registration easier to find and mange.
  • Map search in addition to the list-style faceted search for activities, courses and Route & Places. A cool feature that requires a small amount of development.

Have an idea?

Log on to feedback.mountaineers.org, our feedback and help desk system powered by UserVoice, and tell us about it!

Future Website Enhancements Archive

Before we started using feedback.mountaineers.org to organize ideas and report on their status, we kept them in spreadsheets. The Future Website Enhancements Archive folder contains all of these.

Bad Movie Night - Aug 26

The Mountaineers pioneered alpine climbing in North America. Join us on August 26 to revel in the terrible ways climbing has been portrayed in the movies ever since. The "Arc'Teryx Bad Movie Night" is the premier event you didn't know you wanted!  Read more…

Mountaineers Member Info Session - August 17

Meet your fellow Mountaineers and learn more about our programs and activities at this 40 minute information session, and stay after to chat with your fellow members and guests. Read more…

Conrad Anker back in Seattle for Meru premier this weekend

This weekend Conrad and his teammate Renan Ozturk will be in Seattle on Sunday, August 16 at the Guild 45th Theatre for a special Q & A after the 1:30pm screening of Meru. Read more…

Farewell to Martinique: A message from board president Dan Lauren

It’s with sadness that I announce Martinique Grigg has decided to step down from her role as executive director of The Mountaineers August 13.  She has served in this position since December 2009. Read more…

Executive Director Martinique Grigg to leave August 13

Serving as executive director of the Mountaineers for nearly six years has been the high point of my professional career.  I’m pleased we have achieved so much: financial sustainability, significant programmatic advancement, and growth in every part of the organization. Read more…

Anatomy of a Major Website Project

Sally Kleinfeldt is one of the people who helped us design our fantastic new website. She attended the Nonprofit Technology Conference last March and was inspired to submit a session proposal for the 2016 conference. She knows we have lots of useful information to share with the nonprofit community, and her session proposal was accepted! Read more…

Mountaineers Member Info Session - July 27

Meet your fellow Mountaineers and learn more about our programs and activities at this 40 minute information session, and stay after to chat with your fellow members and guests. Read more…