Incorporating Digital Accessibility with Project Management in Jira


Scheduled at 2:15pm in Windsor on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Ann Greazel, Project Manager, Iowa State University
  • Sarah Carney, , Iowa State University
  • Angela McMahon, , Iowa State University

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Join in the adventure as we journey through making digital accessibility part of the Jira project management workflow! That's right! You can do it too! In this fun session, you will learn about one team's experiences keeping inclusive design and development tasks on the priority path!


Biology Information Technology (Biology IT) is a collaborative effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. We work with faculty, staff and graduate students in the biological sciences to ensure that their computing experience is fast, stable and secure. We provide system support, web development, research IT consulting and access to high-performance computers.

Ann Greazel, Project Manager, will present on how the team has grown to incorporate and document WCAG standards in their project workflow. This presentation will be a thoughtful dissemination of this team’s experience. Ann will provide steps for others on how to raise digital accessibility awareness, encourage team motivation, and include documentation in Jira. This presentation will be an open and guided discussion for web developers, designers and project managers who have a passion for inclusive web design and development.


  1. Steps for others on how to raise digital accessibility awareness within a development team.
  2. Ways to encourage team motivation.
  3. How to include documentation in Jira.

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Ann Greazel

I am the Project Manager for the Biology IT team at Iowa State University. This team is unique because it includes people from multiple colleges and departments. We support over 6 departments on campus. We maintain and manage over 115 websites and counting. This team created Luggage, a Drupal based platform, and continues to add features and releases regularly. This platform is open-source and used by other IT departments on campus.

Currently, my interests are content management and digital accessibility. I am a strong believer that the experience of receiving digital information should be accessible to all. My current goals are to keep finding better ways to improve this delivery through content strategy and train content editors through various methods that are motivating and presented in various mediums.

Sarah Carney

Angela McMahon