In an earlier blog I described the attempt at a new way of reporting the status of the work we are performing here at Akvo. This is the first of these new reports. You can see an overview with bars showing approximately how far along we are in each area, and if you want to see more detail you click on the link at the bottom of this blog post. The Completed tasks are what has been completed in the last month. The Tasks coming up are what we anticipate working on in the coming month.

Summary – During the month of March and April Akvo has raised the funds to be able to operate for six months and build Akvo RSR, set-up partnerships, develop the Akvopedia and launch the new products at Stockholm World Water Week. Infrastructure tasks and hiring people are well under way. The first intensive collaborative development session, the Akvo Sprint, for Akvo RSR was completed successfully.

Product development

Akvopedia
Status: 10%

Akvo RSR
Status: 20%

Organisation development

Akvo Partners
Status: 20%

Akvo People
Status: 75%

Akvo Funding
Status: 20%

Akvo Communications
Status: 20%

Technical infrastructure

Akvo web site update
Status: 5%

Akvo web server infrastructure
Status: 80%

Akvo video conferencing tools
Status: 40%

Akvo Stockholm infrastucture
Status: 75%

End of report summary.


Detailed report

Product development

Akvopedia
Status: 10%
Goal: To have a well populated Akvopedia by World Water Week, in August 2008.

Completed tasks
Tasks coming up
  • Completed agreement with IRC for collaboration
  • Recruited wiki editor (Merel)
  • Published Akvopedia blog
  • Define Akvopedia policies
  • Define work with IRC
  • Refine content structure
  • Identify further content partners
  • Identify new content to put in

  • Akvo RSR
    Status: 20%
    Goal: To have an operational Akvo RSR system at World Water Week, in August 2008.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Agree pilot projects with partners
  • Hold Akvo Sprint
  • Write about the Akvo Sprint
  • Draft meta-data/data specification (Akvo project format)
  • User interface sketches
  • Collect pilot project data in Akvo project format
  • Build prototype
  • Review prototype with Akvo Sprint partners
  • Refine prototype

  • Organisation development

    Akvo Partners
    Status: 20%
    Goal: Establish partnership to execute pilot projects on Akvo’s platform and be prepared to roll it out widely when the tools are ready. Establish relationships with content contributors to make the Akvopedia a world class information source in its area.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Signed up nine partner organisations
  • Define sponsor programme
  • Finalise corporate programme
  • Follow up with all partners

  • Akvo People
    Status: 75%
    Goal: To be fully staffed by May 2008.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Recruited web developer (Malte)
  • Recruited wiki editor (Merel)
  • Finalise recruitment for web quality assurance manager
  • Recruite community manager / partner manager

  • Akvo Funding
    Status: 20%
    Goal: Provide Akvo with the funds required to develop the platform and achive breakeven.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Complete 2nd round funding
  • Prepare list for 3rd round funding
  • Submitted proposal to Schokland funds (3rd round)
  • Submitted proposal to EU (3rd round)
  • Follow up on loans part of 3rd round
  • Follow up on grants part of 3rd round

  • Akvo Communications
    Status: 20%
    Goal: Tell the Akvo story in an open, discoverable way. Inspire while managing expectations. Continue to improve how we pitch Akvo to key groups.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Blogs published on the Sprint, Prince of Orange comments, Spring development steps, reporting processes, Akvopedia and (this week) financial developments.
  • Agree initial partner case study list
  • Develop initial status report tool
  • Develop initial Corporate offer pitch
  • Created communications plan
  • Setup internal mailing lists
  • Setup Akvo partner mailing list
  • Write first partner story
  • Draw up 2008 media relations strategy
  • Begin organising sponsors and promotion elements for Stockholm World Water Week
  • Test-market corporate offer pitch with initial potential partners
  • First mailing with broadcast email lists

  • Technical infrastructure

    Akvo web site update
    Status: 5%
    Goal: To have a fresh new website by World Water Week, in August 2008.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Initial design sketches
  • Select new CMS: Drupal
  • New web site wireframes
  • Start implementing new style

  • Akvo web server infrastructure
    Status: 80%
    Goal: Enable the deployment of the Akvo platform.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Proweb server installed
  • MySQL databases migrated
  • Applications installed
  • Server backups arranged
  • Created phplist – Highrise connector
  • User documentation for phplist – Highrise connector
  • Database backup
  • Reconfigure DNS for new site
  • Install web traffic analysis
  • Install Drupal

  • Akvo video conferencing tools
    Status: 40%
    Goal: Provide nearly seamless and cheap communications.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • iChat Video for Peter
  • iChat Video for Anna
  • Evaluate AccessGrid
  • Install AXIS web cam Stockholm
  • Install AXIS web cam Delft

  • Akvo Stockholm infrastucture
    Status: 75%
    Goal: Support the Akvo software development efforts.

    Completed tasks
    Tasks coming up
  • Installed 100 mbps line
  • Purchased backup server and disks
  • Firewall upgrade
  • Spam protection installed
  • OpenVPN installed
  • Install backup solution
  • Decomission old backup server
  • Upgrade 100 mbps router firmware
  • Configure development server

  • Thomas Bjelkeman is the founder of Akvo.