GOV.UK Verify recently passed one year in public beta. Programme Director Janet Hughes talks about what the last year has involved, and why the team is focusing on the months ahead.
One year of public beta
It was kind of low key hitting a year because our big focus is about getting from here to live, so we’re not really measuring time on the clock, we’re measuring performance and improvement and iteration and getting to the point when we’re ready to say services can rely on this and they can start turning off alternatives. And that’s what it means to go from beta to live, which we’ll do next April.
Getting ready to go live
We’ve gone from no users to 300,000 users, we’ve gone from one service to 13 services using Verify, we’ve grown the team now so that we’ve got a team capable of taking the service from beta to live. One of our big priorities is improving the completion and success rates for Verify so that more and more people who want to use it can use it. A year in felt like most of the other days, we’re just looking at how can we go on and improve the service today.