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Next CWDS Solution Demo to be Held on Dec. 4 at 2 PM

CWDS conducts monthly Solution Demonstrations to provide all stakeholders with an overview of our latest system developments.  Please join us via WebEx following using  the meeting link below.   The event will also be livestreamed at:

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

Monday, December 4, 2017 2:00 am, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)

Event number: 405 010 209

Event password: 2017

Event address for attendees:


Video: CWDS Solution Demo - Nov. 6, 2017

CWDS held its monthly Solution Demonstrations on Nov. 6 to provide stakeholders with an overview of our latest system developments. 

You can watch this Sprint Review here

Sean Still is named newest CWDS Enterprise Agile Coach

Please join us in congratulating Sean Still on his new role as our second Enterprise Agile Coach, working in conjunction with Karen Bruns. He is a Certified Scrum Professional, Certified Lean Kanban, Certified Open Space Facilitator and Certified Agile Coach with extensive experience in Agile transformation for both digital and non-digital teams.

Sean has over 10+ years of project management experience on multiple technology projects, and has been on the CWDS project since September 2016. Prior to joining CWDS Sean spent 15 years at ALLDATA as a Senior Editor, Scrum Master and Agile Coach.

Outline: CWDS Data Management Plan

The Administration for Children, Youth and Families has developed the Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) ruling defining the requirements that a CCWIS compliant system must conform to in order to receive federal funding. The CCWIS replaces the former rules compliance called SACWIS/TACWIS. A component of CCWIS compliance is the creation of a Data Quality Plan that defines how the State’s Child Welfare System monitors and maintain data quality within its CCWIS system. CWS-NS is building a CCWIS compliant system with support from the CWDS Data Management Team.

The Data Quality Plan defines:

  1. The standards by which data quality will be managed
  2. The approach CWDS is taking to ensure the completeness, timeliness, accuracy, consistency and uniformity of the data contained within the system
  3. The standards and process by which data will be exchanged with data partners in accordance to confidentiality requirements
  4. The process by which the CWS-NS will support child welfare policy, goals and practices

The Data Management Team is implementing practices that support the standards and tasks described within the Plan as part of project delivery. The team’s approach is to establish a common understanding of data and data quality rules and to work with the Digital Service and Technical Platform and Data Architecture Teams to apply these rules to ensure data quality is equally understood and applied by developers, service managers, SCRUM masters and product owners. The Data Management Team’s approach conforms to the industry standard for Data Management called the DMBOK – Data Management Body of Knowledge.

The Data Management team also plans to add value to the Digital Service (DS) teams by marrying the Agile methodology to the implementation of data artifacts based on what DS teams are delivering. The Data Management Team will incrementally build data models, data mapping and data rules in tandem with the efforts of the Digital Services teams.

Richard Bach new CWDS Management Advisor for Development & Engineering

The project welcomed Richard Bach into his new role as Management Advisor for Development & Engineering, reporting directly to Tony Fortenberry. For the past year, Rich was a Development Lead on the Technology Platform Team (TPT) and is highly skilled as a senior-level Lead Software Engineer/Architect. He has over 17 years of experience with the software development life cycle (SDLC), implementing web-based and client/server Java applications utilizing technologies like Java, Groovy, Elasticsearch, JUnit, Spring, web services (REST, SOAP), JSON, Oracle database, HTML, CSS, and more.

Rich has proven experience supporting the State of California on multiple Information Technology initiatives; most recently working with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to develop and implement their SmartJustice application. He is also experienced in the management of Agile software development and design projects. Rich received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of California, Davis.

Video: Noon Speaker Series with Kelley Jones

In case you missed it, below is the video archive of the Oct. 31 special event with Kelley Jones.  See past events here

Award-winning Comic Book Artist Kelley Jones

What: Noon Speaker Series – Presentation on the creative process, problem solving, inspiring team collaboration, meeting deadlines, designing from the consumer's perspective and connecting with your audience.

When: October 31, 2017 at 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm

Where: Child Welfare Digital Services, First Floor - Sacramento

About the speaker:

Kelley Jones (born July 23, 1962,[1] in Sacramento, California) is an American comics artist best known for his work on DC Comics Batman with writer Doug Moench,The Sandman with writer Neil Gaiman, Deadman with writer Mike Baron and Swamp Thing with writer Len Wein. He has also worked for Disney, Lucas Films, Marvel, Warner Brothers, Dark Horse and Image.  

Noon Speaker Series - Kelley Jones

CWDS holds a monthly speaker series meeting to spark innovation and increase engagement. On Oct. 31 award-winning comic book artist Kelley Jones presented at the meeting. Click here to view the video. 

Webinar: DesignOps Sprint Review #3 Highlights Progress on Project Component Library

The DesignOps team held its third Sprint Review on Oct. 25 which highlighted progress on the component library, a project-wide shared resource used by developer teams to organize and implement a common and consistent look and feel of the user-experience.  Watch the webinar recording of the event below:

CALS Sprint Review 4.4

This Sprint Review focused on prioritizing CALS remaining stories, completing left navigation functionality and developing the RFA form-to-form navigation concept and pre-submission workflow processes. This will allow CWS-NS to streamline the online forms, speed up the application process and reduce workload for the approval service.

The team also conducted extensive research on various navigation schemes from other analogous systems to gain a detailed understanding of how users might want to navigate the new system. They used this information to develop the overall navigation concept and model. The CALS team also presented a product demonstration for conducting a facility search using a new API.

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CWDS Demos Software at National Conference

This week, CWDS Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines and Intake Digital Service Product Owner Jeff Dent (pictured below) gave a demonstration to share progress on the project’s Intake Digital Service software development at the ISM Conference in Washington D.C.  The conference brings together state and local IT innovators, federal partners, and industry experts to promote solutions that support the mission and vision of Health and Human Services programs nationwide.