NRAO Interactive Services Plan of Record

October 2008 Cycle (Date)

Interactive Services includes, proposal submission, proposal handling, analytics, administration, and the CASA beta helpdesk.


  • Weeks 1-3 6/16 - 7/4
  • Weeks 4-6 7/7 - 7/25
  • Weeks 7-9 7/28 - 8/15
  • Weeks 10-12 8/25 - 9/12

Target release dates for PST Enhancements (must be vetted by Open Sky):

Date Action
25 Jul 2008
Complete plan of record.
03 Sep 2008
Release Candidate available for user acceptance testing
17 Sep 2008
Release of PST V2.1
17 Sep - 24 Sep 2008
Updates at 9pm CT based on initial feedback

Key for the "Task Status" column:
  • DONE (%Y%) means the task has been successfully completed
  • MOVED TO... (%M%) means the task has been completed and is awaiting integration tests
  • PICK (%S%) means the task has been completed and is awaiting sponsor tests
  • ALERT! (%X%) means the task will not be completed this cycle, but was expected to be completed
  • ok means that the task is not yet complete or ready for tests, but Nicole and/or Dana have evaluated results & progress is clearly on track

Key for the "MR Status" column:
  • DONE (%Y%) means the MR has final sponsor sign-off
  • MOVED TO... (%M%) means the MR is awaiting final sponsor sign-off
  • PICK (%S%) means the MR is being implemented
  • REFACTOR (%P%) means the MR is either being written, checked, or needs initial sponsor approval
  • N/A means there is no MR for this task

1. Operational/User Support Items Completed During This Cycle

For each support item, please list the amount of effort involved as either: low, medium, or high. Guidelines for these rankings are as follows:
  • low - Things that take less than two hours.
  • medium - Things that take more than two hours, but less than eight hours.
  • high - Things that take more than eight hours.

If multiple people are involved in an item, please list it only once. Effort estimates should reflect total time elapsed, i.e. how long did it take to fix the problem start to finish - not the sum total of each person's time.

  • date - name - effort

2. Commitments

The default/unsorted state reflects priority order for this cycle.

As MRs are completed and additional details are available on each task, Open Sky should comment regarding which elements can be fit into a 4-week development period, and which should be migrated down to Background Tasks.

Project Task Info/MR LeadSorted ascending Sponsor,Team Notes MR Status Task Status
Proposal Submission Tool
Update Documentation
Dana and Mark will review & update the full documentation and quick reference guide.
Proposal Submission Tool
Online Help Desk
Nicole will write MR by end July.
Proposal Submission Tool
Rethink VLA subarrays
Mark needs to think about this and determine whether we want to make a change at all. Deliverable is to complete the MR this cycle; if we can get it developed, that's great, but the chances are small (unless it's a really easy change).
User Database
Resolve Author/Institution Issues - Part II: Manual Deduping
MR should include a description of how many dupes there are, and what the process is for communicating with users to resolve dupe problem.
Proposal Submission Tool
Student Support
Add support option for VLBA projects; need to make sure the tool allows any advisor to submit a request for student support (that is, do not block NRAO staff from requesting student support for their students). *The MR should describe what the tool does right now so we can start to record business rules!*
Proposal Submission Tool
Resolve Author/Institution Issues - Part I: Error with Dropdown
Make sure the dropdown that displays institutions either a) works as-is, or b) is changed to another UI component that actually shows all the relevant results.
Proposal Submission Tool
Telescope Resource Changes
Dana will check with sites by 7/31 to see what the probability is for new resources for the October deadline. (We believe that any new resources will be very small changes.)
Proposal Submission Tool
Resolve Author/Institution Issues - Part III: Relax requirement to have valid institution before submission
MR should include email from Dale that acknowledges our approach to solving the problem.
Proposal Submission Tool
Fix Bug: No Viewing of Other Peoples Sessions/Caching Issue
This is THE MOST IMPORTANT item this development cycle!!
Proposal Submission Tool
Misc. problems with validation and printing.
Requests from the scheduling officer.

3. Background Tasks

Things to do if we get time for them.

Project Task Info/MR Lead Sponsor,Team Notes MR Status Task Status
Proposal Submission Tool
Export GBT Source Catalogs from PST
Proposal Handling
Review refereeing capabilities/complete MR
Proposal Submission Tool
GBT DSS and the PST
Dana will keep an eye on what's needed to bridge the two applications, and general timeframe for doing so (at least as it is understood now).

4. Other Maintenance & Enhancements

Description Tests Submitter Notes Status

-- DanaBalser - 10 Jul 2008
Topic revision: r3 - 2008-07-23, DanaBalser
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