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Sharpen your Axe- How We Reduced Development Time by more than 80%

Drupal for Business

Sharpen your Axe- How We Reduced Development Time by more than 80%

Day:  Wednesday, 25. august 2010
Time:  17:15-18:00
45 minutes (+15 minutes Q&A)



content | ux

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Abraham Lincoln

Despite such a wise dictum and lots of personal experience to teach us otherwise, we find continued pressure to dive into projects with little to no planning in efforts to “go faster”.

However the goal we set ourselves was to reduce Drupal development time by 80% and this session is to share the invaluable lessons we have learned in the quest to go much, much faster.

We've spent two years building the ultimate Drupal "Startpoint" for our clients and this session will show how and why we did it and illustrate some of the benefits in practice.

Some key areas :
Stop repeating yourself
The power of a single command-line install
Why we developed a Startpoint.

About the Speaker:
Richard is a 'veteran' of the CMS world, having worked on his first CMS back in 1999. After joining UK Digital Agency i-KOS in 2001 as a Technical Director, Richard set about building a CMS from scratch using J2EE. In 2007/8 it was time to wave the white flag on our proprietary system (even though we had amassed a user base of almost 1000) and head into the Drupal light. In 2009 i-KOS became an Acquia Gold Partner - which in 2010 has been consolidated as an Enterprise Partner.


Hi Richard, Is it possible to

1. September 2010 - 12:53

Hi Richard,

Is it possible to download the presentation somewhere?
Because we are having simular experiences and want to improve them.


The slides for this

2. September 2010 - 14:05

The slides for this presentation are now on SlideShare... you can get to them from here:

Thanks to everyone that attended and also those that came to the follow up BoF session.