The Performance Platform exposes a lot of service data to interested parties, both within government and outside of it. We thought it would be interesting to tap into the platform, pluck out individual pieces of data and present them in a different way. Read more
Posts from the ‘Working at GDS’ Category
Today we published another important update to the Government Service Design Manual to help departments recruit and retain staff with new digital skills. This is one of the services the new GDS Recruitment Hub is offering departments.
Increasingly we need to bring in people with specialist skills that the Civil Service hasn’t been able to call upon before – designers, web ops, product managers, and the like. We’ve created template job descriptions for a set of leadership and specialist roles and we’ve provided organisational design guidance about how people in these roles should work together. We’ve also given advice on salaries. Read more
I’ve been Creative Lead on the design team at GDS for the last two years, and I’m really thrilled about my next step. On Monday I’m joining the design team at Twitter.
I’ve been asked to write a blog post about my time here, and I’ve also written on my personal blog about why I’m excited to join Twitter.
In the beginning…
I started at GDS before it was really GDS. It was early 2011 when I was invited to meet Tom Loosemore in an unfurnished, disused government office in a 60′s tower block near Waterloo. In that building a handful of hackers were plotting a revolution.
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
‘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
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