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Sharing Acquia’s Best Practices: A Delivery Toolkit for Partners

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Partners make the Acquia world go round; they work closely with us as project leads, subcontractors, and collaborators, and support Acquia tools and services with their real-world application-building, feedback, and contributions. We know we can always do more to support and foster expertise within our partner network.

The Partner Delivery Enablement Services team at Acquia is here to empower our partners to position and build compelling digital experiences using Drupal and Acquia products, and to ensure customer success and satisfaction. So, it is with great pleasure that we announce the Beta release of our Delivery Toolkit to the Partner Portal*.

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide partners with the tools to establish and maintain centers of excellence in Drupal, and to support the successful implementation of applications in Drupal 8, using Acquia products, and Acquia automation tools such as BLT and Lightning. The Delivery Toolkit Primer provides partners living documents that will evolve based on our shared experiences, changing products, and feedback from our colleagues and partners. Using this set of tools will enable your team to more easily plan and estimate Drupal solutions, use industry best practices when devising the solutions, and support standardization across projects.

What’s in the Toolkit?

Partner Enablement Program Development Tools

These tools will support Acquia partners who are establishing a staff of certified Drupal developers to move toward an established center for excellence in Drupal and Acquia products. Review these to learn more about how to engage with Acquia, and how to create a Team Enablement Plan. Use the tools and templates provided to create your own plan. Leverage the tools provided to onboard developers to the program and to track individual team member progress and goal attainment. Here is a brief overview of the resources available in the Delivery Toolkit:

Working with Acquia
Acquia interacts with our partners during all phases of digital projects. The “Working with Acquia” document is used to identify all the groups you will likely interact with to have a successful partnership, and describe what they do for you during the partnership’s activities. It won’t provide the names of specific people, as this varies from region to region, but it will give you roles and instruction on how to find your desired contacts.

[PARTNER] Enablement Plan
Our partner enablement teams have developed a plan that we use to coordinate teams working on training strategies. It includes selection of a learning path, a set of training guides based on those paths and a listing of certification preparation materials. This reference helps you to coordinate all the tools we have made available to you into one coherent approach.

Delivery Enablement Developer Onboarding Deck
Created to assist program managers explain program details to development team members, this presentation includes details about the program and its resources, as well as the introductory courses and materials they will use to prepare for their certification exams.

Partner Profile and Personnel Tracking Template
Designed to assist you in planning and tracking progress toward developer certification, this worksheet includes space for team member details, project experience (including which team members worked on which projects), and areas of technical expertise.

Drupal and Acquia Product Certification Tools

You can also take your team from beginner to Grand Master by following the given paths toward certification. Included is a guide to selecting and planning certification goals, and the Study Guides that will help team members prepare for the certification exams they want to pursue.

Learning Paths and Resources for Drupal 8 and Acquia Product Certification
This documentation is an inventory of the critical courses you need to transform your development skills. It includes the paths to Drupal 8 Developer certifications and Acquia Product Pro certifications, study guides including suggested Acquia Academy courses and other resources, such as staff scheduling guidelines for achieving expertise and certification, exam details, and registration instructions.

Certification Preparation Materials
Acquia has compiled a set of study guides and other materials to help your teams prepare for certification and specialization. This reference puts all those tools in one place to make it simpler to find and share.

Delivery Enablement Tools

Tools intended to support the process of Drupal/Acquia product discovery and planning, these documents include tools to help you plan and estimate your architecture, a task breakdown related to Drupal 8 and Acquia product implementation, design and accessibility considerations, and our best practices for project preparation.

Reference Work Plan
The reference work plan provides a reference task list, including critical check points and tasks to create digital experiences using Acquia products using Drupal best practices. It’s extremely useful for planning and estimating work on products you may not yet have mastered such as Site Factory, Content Hub, and Lift.

Reference Architecture
The reference architecture document supplements our tools and is used to assess the requirements of the Drupal portion of a project, and review the key technologies, solutions, and Acquia products that will compose a flexible architecture capable of meeting immediate and future demands. Recommended training and key resources are listed inline with each section including code snippets where appropriate.

Design Considerations in Drupal
This document is meant to provide both Creative and Implementation teams with a series of design considerations that should be taken into account when developing a Drupal/Acquia solution. These considerations are being presented as ways to ensure Customers receive creative assets that, when taken into account, implicitly accelerate the development cycle.

Accessibility Considerations in Drupal
The purpose of this document paper is to provide an accessibility outline that can be used to guide best practices and implementation typical of a CMS like Drupal, to ensure successful delivery. Accessibility is a highlighted in the public sector to ensure contract compliance

Project Preparation
This document details our top ten tips for project preparation to avoid major breakdowns. These include tasks ranging from usability testing to determining target audiences and considering navigation. Following these tips will help you avoid common challenges.

We hope you will review these tools and incorporate them into your project process where it is appropriate and useful. We also hope you share your feedback about your actual use of these tools and where they serve you well (or do not). We are open to requests for additional tools and templates that would assist you in delivering your projects. We plan to include updates based on feedback, as well as new tools and templates, with each quarterly update of the Delivery Toolkit.

* You will need your acquia.com log-in credentials to access the materials in the Partner Portal.

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