A few years ago, I stood up at the first GDS all-staff meeting and told everyone there to “look sideways”, by which I meant: don’t get stuck in silos of your own making.
People and skills
Part of building government as a platform is people.
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution max_d80 A few months ago I decided to take my experience as a communications manager in the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and go on secondment to GOV.UK
Last week we welcomed visitors from the US Digital Service and 18F over here for the best part of a week to swap stories, experiences, and mistakes.
As some of you might have seen earlier in the week, I've just been appointed as the government's first Chief Data Officer.
Last week, we held an event: Sprint 15. It marked the culmination of the two-year transformation project that began with Sprint 13, when we made our plan clear: there were 400 days to transform government.
This is something one of the GOV.UK team printed out, a simple word cloud that shows popular search terms on GOV.UK. What’s the thing people search for most? “Jobs.” Front and centre, far bigger than everything else on that page. …