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Christmas with Acquia in Week Four

Week four marked the first of two working holiday breaks with AcquiaU. This is the first time for us as a group that we will be split up but still working together. Some traveling and others just mixing it up by working from home or the office. During this time we are still expected to work together in our teams for the rebuilding of the AcquiaU website as well as working individually on our own personal projects. This is the time where we really start putting the SCRUM practices into use in order to make sure we are all accountable for our duties.

Rebuilding AcquiaU in Week Three

Two weeks have passed and Acquia has decided that we are ready to take on our first real challenge. The rebuilding of the current AcquiaU website. Originally built by the first AcquiaU class to come through, the site (much like the original AcquiaU students) is old and outdated. The project is taken on in the exact same way that Acquia would take with any of it's other clients, except this time Acquia personnel are the actual stakeholders for the site. A stakeholder is anyone that has an interest in the development of the product, in this case the product being the new site.

Staying Agile in Week Two

One of the driving forces in making the decision to apply for AcquiaU was the fact that although I was accumulating a lot of "book" knowledge", I didn't know what those next steps to take were. What were the next skills I needed to learn to bring myself from someone learning web development to someone who actually worked in web development? Week two started answering a lot of those questions.

Week One: A New Start

Walking into the doors of Acquia for the first time was quite intimidating for me. I was accepted into the AcquiaU program purely as a Drupal hobbyist and with absolutely no professional background in web development. My only training consisted of online resources such as buildamodule, codeschool, and youtube.

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