By employing agile development concepts, these weekly cross-agency, cross-discipline scientific discussions utilize rapid and iterative prototyping, continuous feedback, and an open discussion of ideas to enhance SPC's communication of forecast hazards. Initial successes include the creation of a Public Severe Weather Outlook graphic; creation and implementation of State-, FEMA Region-, and NWS Forecast Office County Warning Area-centric graphics of SPC convective outlooks; and ongoing efforts to include additional color coding, iconography, and web design features for a more intuitive, easy-to-use public interface to SPC products and services.
Despite these early successes, cross-agency, cross-discipline collaboration is not without its challenges. Each agency and discipline has its own language, mission and preferred approaches, some of which contradict what is “known” by different agencies or disciplines. To overcome such challenges, participants must be willing to invest significant effort up front to unlearn their biases and engage in a willingness to learn from their collaborators. This presentation will focus on the challenges and successes of working in such a diverse environment.