My OpenMRS Fellowship Journey: Suruchi

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First fellowship! First call!

I am Suruchi Dhungana from Nepal. After working on open-source projects for a long time, I decided to contribute to OpenMRS as a fellow. As this is my first work as a fellow, I am both nervous and excited. I will be working both in development and project management, and by the end of the fellowship, I wish to get more knowledge in OCL and FHIR. From the first week of the fellowship, I started joining calls and squad meetings. I regularly join OCL, FHIR, and Analytics Engine squad meetings. Getting into the code, I set up an OCL for OpenMRS instance in my local and studied the workflow of the code.

I got connected with my mentor Grace, on the first call with her, we did some sort of testing in the Q/A environment of OCL. It helped me a lot to understand the workflow. Then, I picked an issue for development and started working on it.

On the second week, I was in the Mt. Everest Himalaya region of Nepal during which we had a first fellowship call. The internet in the mountains was really bad, I was late in the call and got disconnected many times. But, we had a great interaction in the call and got to know each other. Overall, it was a great experience to join meeting right from the Himalayas.

After returning, I am continuing my development and project management tasks. On Thursday I had a call with my mentor Daniel, we discussed my fellowship plan and projects. Also, we discussed my progress. If I get any issues, he suggested me to mail him.


Welcome aboard Suruchi, we’re thrilled to welcome you as our first-ever Fellow in the Product/Project Management stream :slight_smile: Great work in your first few weeks absorbing so much information and already starting to contribute back.

Wish I could have teleported to your location for that call!! :mountain: :heart:

Looking forward to helping our teams together and releasing valuable features for our users :slight_smile:

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Thanks, @grace I am delighted to join the team and work with you. You have been a great mentor.

Yes, you should visit the mountains once the pandemic is over.


Learning More with Jira and Project Management

In my third week as an OpenMRS fellow, I started working on a JIRA ticket of OCL for OpenMRS on its development side. I did the task and pushed it in Github but I did not notice the pull request tips and made some mistakes. My mentor Daniel guided me to the path and helped me. I struggled in my login into the Jira account which created a conflict during the merge of the pull request. But this conflict has now made me understand the pull request process and Jira functionality.

I further did the MVP+ testing with Grace. She guided me to do the Q/A so that we could release it before the conference. Along with the MVP+ testing, I joined the UAT call with Ellen, which was quite informative to know the complete workflow of OCL from the user‘s perspective.

Again this was a busy week with my NepalEHR work and my fellowship. I did some preparation for the conference and in the meantime, Grace forwarded me the video about project management. The video enlightened me to the world of project management. Project management is actually building a shared understanding in a team about what you are building, who you are building it for, and most importantly, why you are building and filling the gap if there is any. After the video, I went to the Atlassian website and learned some tricks helpful for a new Project Manager. I found “Your job as a PM is to find the right problems – then work with your team to solve them” very inspiring.


RoadMaps and MetroRetro

It’s the second month of fellowship and it began with the year’s most awaited Implementer’s conference. For the implementer’s like NepalEHR, the conference is a hub full of knowledge and experience sharing.

For the first week, I could not do the fellowship tasks but I gathered so much knowledge from the conference. Despite COVID 19, the conference went very well as we gathered lots of resources like video, presentation, slides, and notes. The most fascinating thing in the conference was the lightning talk which included some interesting topics like Microfrontends, DHIS2 integration, and OCL implementations. Further, the squad showcase was great to have the overall idea of what we are doing. And my favorite part was Nepal’s virtual tour as it was a proud moment to showcase the NepalEHR implementations.

In the second week, I continued with the squad meetings. OCL meeting was quite different this week with, roadmap discussion. I liked how we used metro-retro for the planning and prioritization of the feature. This discussion helped me understand how to make roadmap and plan for the product enhancement in the team. From next week I will be working with Grace to create stories and tasks according to the designed roadmap and will be working on its development side too.


We are proud of you @suruchi , Keep going. :muscle:


Cypress- the future tool for end-to-end testing

This is the last two weeks of 2020 and nearly two months of my fellowship. The big focus for this week was to get more into project management and learn automated testing. Along with my regular work in NepalEHR, I worked with Grace in Jira to prioritize tasks that can be released at the end of January 2021.

Last week we had collected requirements from our squad members for OCL for OpenMRS project and we discussed what are our good-to-have and must-have features so I started creating a sprint board and created tasks according to priority. From this exercise, I learned how the end-user requirement is transformed into the task and how a real-life application is made. Further, I learned how epics and stories are created in Jira and how the backlog cleaning is done. We completed the done and duplicated task and made a clean board. Also, we left a few of the tasks to be discussed in the squad meeting. As a developer, I had used Jira just to pick the tasks from To-Do to Progress then to Done but this time, I learned it’s more than that :slight_smile: .

On the last week of December, I learned about Cypress testing from its documentation Installing Cypress | Cypress Documentation . Cypress is a tool for testing front end modern web applications. Cypress is mainly targeted for Unit testing, Integration testing, and End to End flow testing. I found the feature of direct debug and cross-browser testing quite impressive. Going through the tutorials, I tried some testing in my local projects and went through OCL for OpenMRS project to see its testing code. I found some test cases have been written already and yet there is a lot to code to make the whole automated testing fully functional.


this is nice @suruchi, can you tag the sprint board url here please? last year the QA team had some work on automation for OCL, you can checkout the PR with cucumber integration, we also had feedback on coverage on talk you can check out. This year we are continuing to support QA and would be nice we begin thinking loud on progressing the efforts started last year for OCL as well.


Hi @k.joseph, please find the link for January 2021 sprint.


Wireframe- represents a product’s structure

Wireframing is a way to design a website service at the structural level. I started this new year learning and designing wireframes. Grace introduced me to the world of designs by sharing videos, that she made during the design of Customizing Concepts & other Q1 OCLOMRS priorities: Wireframes and I made a separate study material here for the wireframe.

These videos made me realize how powerful PowerPoint is to make customization designs. And also I learned the tricks to design using inspect element in the web page :slight_smile: .Further, I tried Figma to practice some design work. In terms of OCL design, I tried making designs for the Import/Export feature of a dictionary.

In terms of the development work of OCL for OpenMRS, I will be working in organization members display view after we get the updated feature of the organization. So, in the meantime, I tried working with cypress testing. I cloned the branch from Ian, branch (rewrite_cypress), and made some changes to work in the end-to-end testing for login and now it’s working for login authentication.

Further, I tried a new set up of OpenMRS-core into my local machine and I tried to implement FHIR. It took me some days to set up because of different Java versions as core required Java 8 for development and Ian helped me a lot during the setup. Now everything is set up in my local and I am ready to test, so in the coming week, I will be working on the Q/A immunization feature of FHIR.

Additionally, my mentor, Grace suggested me to work closely with the sprint board, by creating a specific ticket and also to work more on the documentation. Now onwards, I will focus on documentation too and I will be working in the Import/Export feature of the dictionary as a feature owner to enhance my leadership skills.


Excellent work on these blog posts Suruchi! It’s a real privilege to be part of your fellowship experience. Even just these last two posts show just how much you have covered in 1 short month: from Frontend automation to wireframing to backlog curation!

One of the things I especially admire about you Suruchi is your dedication to self-teaching and learning more, as shown by how much you self-taught about Cypress, and then the additional reading and notes you made about wireframes. Keep up the good work.

This is very satisfying to hear!! The many tasks of a Product Manager :slight_smile:

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p.s. - re. wireframes - I learned today that @burke fixed our Wiki so you can now actually create Balsamiq wireframes directly in our wiki, without needing to pay for a Balsamiq account after your trial runs out (that is, if you end up enjoying using Balsamiq, some people like it, some don’t and that’s fine).

Of course, the main point with sketches and wireframes is to better understand the users’ needs. In the early phases of designing a feature or product, sketches and wireframes are really to help spark a better conversation with your users. This is why quick hand-drawn sketches are often better than polished mockups at this stage: you can have a better conversation with your user/customer if they feel things are still changeable. So you can use whatever tool works best for you to achieve that goal :slight_smile:

Here’s how to access/use Balsamiq. One warning if you use this - save both your balsamiq work and the Wiki page itself very very often because I’ve had these pages crash on me in the past and have lost hours of wireframing work.

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Thanks, Grace for the review. You have always been my motivation and I am so much grateful for your support. I am taking so much from the fellowship :slightly_smiling_face: .


This is quite interesting to use Balsamiq wireframes directly in our wiki. Thank you for the information Grace, and the quick demo is really helpful. I will try using Balsamiq.