Yesterday saw the publication of Restarting Britain 2 a report by the Design Commission part of the Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group.
The report looks at design’s role in “creating cost-effective public services in the 21st century”. I was interviewed for the report, and as Head of Design at GDS I had a natural interest in the findings.
Usually no-one looks forward to reading a parliamentary commission report, but I’m pleased to say it’s a well written document; relatively short with some clear actions. I was delighted to see two themes that are close to our hearts at GDS; placing users at the centre of public service redesign and building design capability across government. Read more
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.
‘A day in the life of…’ articles typically go something like this, “8:02: my day starts with a walk over Waterloo Bridge. A flat white later and I’m ready to begin. Some quiet minutes to check emails before studying the wall. Now I’m prepared for the stand-up at 9:40…”
Such diaries are often pointless and mostly boring. Perhaps you’ll agree it’s more informative to read about the key functions of delivery managers instead. Stuff they do each and every day. Read more
After speaking at AgileTeaCamp, I thought I would share how people management has evolved in the GDS Delivery Team.
What you get for free with agile
Agile product teams are self-managing. With the users’ needs in mind, the product manager defines what needs to be done and the team itself decides how to achieve it. This is instantly a more motivating approach. You’re trusting people to design the best solution to meet the need, rather than handing down a ‘solved problem’ to be implemented. You’re also making the most of the smart, talented people you’ve worked so hard to find. Read more
Before we launched GOV.UK we introduced you to the Finance team and the Hosting and Infrastructure team. In this the third film the spotlight is on Mark Pinheiro who talks about his work in procurement. Read more
The big news this week has been the transition of two central government departments and three agencies to GOV.UK. Following the release of GOV.UK last month, it’s the next step towards establishing a single domain for government. Huge congratulations to everyone involved for months of hard work, and special thanks to all the people in departments and agencies doing hard work to make this happen. Read more