Stephen Kelly, Chief Operating Officer for Government, writes about SPRINT 13.
Last week I was delighted to participate in SPRINT 13 the cross government digital event organized by GDS. It was great to see so many colleagues from all over the civil service enthused about our ambitious digital agenda. We have 400 days to deliver a radical transformation of government, to implement the government digital strategy and to deliver on the ambitions of the Civil Service Reform Plan. Read more
A few weeks ago I wrote a post detailing the technical side of the Government Digital Strategy. One of the things I spoke about was how we were keen to keep improving the site and fixing bugs. We were also hoping to move some of the code into its own repository. The code could then be used as a completely independent plugin which would have other uses beyond the strategy. Today I’d like to update you. Read more
I’m Andrew Francis and I’m a policy professional. So is my colleague Sheila Bennett. You might not have heard much from our profession here on the GDS blog recently, but its worth pointing out that the past few weeks have been a real milestone for us: we’ve been coding. Read more
As you know, today we launched the Government Digital Strategy. I’m part of the team that was tasked with putting these documents online, and from the outset we wanted to do it in a much more comprehensive way than simply uploading a PDF or a Word document. I’m going to explain a bit about how we put it together, from the perspective of a developer. Read more
I’ve talked before about various aspects of how we build software at GDS, and especially for GOV.UK, but I’d like to take a step back and about one of our early design rules: “tools over content”. Read more
The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Student Loans Company (SLC) team released a new loan application service for part-time students on Wednesday. I wanted to take a minute to congratulate the teams involved, and tell you why we’re especially pleased that it passed the ministerial test. Read more
E-petitions is the very first product delivered by GDS and last week it celebrated its first birthday. Pete Herlihy, product owner for e-petitions reviews the year in numbers.
I was recently invited to give a short talk at Agile Teacamp, an event where people come to learn about and share their experiences with agile software development. They’re friendly and informal events held over a cup of tea in a department store cafe. I offered to share some things I’ve been learning and thinking about recently while doing product management at GDS.
Last Thursday the second iteration of a tool to allow comments on Bills passing through the House of Commons process went live. Steph Gray from Helpful Technology explains why a second iteration was needed and how putting users needs first shaped his approach.