Meet the Transformation team
We’ve previously introduced the Finance team and the Hosting and Infrastructure team, and shone the Spotlight on procurement. Now we invite you to find out more about the work of the Transformation team.
Meet the Transformation team – video transcript
Mike Beaven (Transformation Programme Director, Government Digital Service):
The Transformation team really operates as an internal consultancy that goes out and works with departments to help them look at transactions they’re trying to transform. We’ve worked with probably every department in government now to different degrees. So we’ve got ten full-on transformation projects on the go and we’ve worked through about 200 different propositions that have been brought to us. The fundamental shift is stopping designing things from the inside out and designing things from the outside in. What are you trying to do and who are you trying to do it for? – that’s the first question of any session with any department we start working with. That’s the fundamental thing, so who do you serve basically?
SME Day, Sept 2012 (Small to Medium Enterprises)
Louis Hyde (Head of Digital Supplier Solutions, Government Digital Service):
The SME day was all about showing success stories with using SMEs to other government departments. There are incredibly talented SMEs out there and our biggest hurdle is getting them accessible to government.
We’re currently working to build a new framework which is very simple, has very light terms and conditions, has very short term contracts and is dynamic, and that should mean that the actual business of finding out about work and then bidding for that work will be much simpler and much more accelerated, and will also favour smaller organisations.
Agile in action – Student Loans Company
We’ve had some hugely positive experiences with people like Student Loans, who really want to work with us.
Tom Meade (Digital Team Leader, Student Loans Company):
SLC is very committed to delivering a much better service for users and they’re very much committed to delivering in an agile methodology.
Gordon Simpson (Chief Information Officer, Student Loans Company):
We have a large building in Glasgow. The third floor is now allocated to an agile project delivery approach.
Lucie Glenday (Business Transformation, Government Digital Service):
And there’s a real buzz around SLC that there is this one floor that’s doing something different and exciting.
As we’re the first large transactional system that’s being built with GDS, we’re benefiting a lot from the design concepts that they’re using in the GOV.UK transformation, but also they’re learning quite a lot from our experiences in building for a transactional system.
It’s just exciting to watch, to see a business starting to transform itself in that way.