Being agile doesn’t mean simply installing a methodology and then religiously sticking to that methodology. A little while ago we learned that we had a few challenges with GOV.UK delivery. So we had to adapt our approach. Here’s what we did and what we learned.
Having the GaaP suite of common tools, components and guidance meant that the teams at the Department for International Trade could draw on technical expertise and products that would have been too costly to procure independently.
Doing complex tasks like ‘starting a business’ or ‘learning to drive’ means users have to find lots of different pieces of content and interact with government lots of times. We’ve been working to take all these bits and pieces and build them into a coherent service journey, which will be displayed on a single page.
Innovations in data science provide huge opportunities to improve the way we develop policy, and design and deliver public services. We need to make sure that we are responsible in the way we use data. So, last year, GDS published the beta version of the Data Science Ethical Framework.
Neil Barlow is the Service Manager and Head of Policy for MOTs at the DVSA. In this post, he describes how GOV.UK Notify is helping remind hundreds of thousands of citizens that their MOTs are due for renewal.
GDS recently moved to a new office, which gave us the opportunity to redesign our user research lab. We use it to carry out research into all the things we deliver, from guidance and standards to common components. Our lab is open to the rest of government so that they can carry out research into their own projects and services.
We’re launching a second round of consultation on the principles of the Supplier Standard. Find out how to get involved.
ConCon is the cross-government content conference. A biannual learning festival bringing together colleagues from across government to share good practice, tackle shared challenges, and find new ways to collaborate.
We've just updated the Technology Code of Practice, which sets the standard for how government should design, build and buy technology. The updates we’ve just made allow continuous iteration, and we expect that the Code of Practice will constantly evolve, and keep up when technology changes.
Government buyers and suppliers have told us that they sometimes find government contracts long, complicated and hard to use. So we’re working with Crown Commercial Service, the Government Legal Department and law firm DLA Piper to simplify the contracts that are commonly used to buy goods and services across the public sector.
GDS has been named as one of the Top 100 Employers for Race by Business in the Community. In this post, the GDSBAME network co-founders share why they started the network and where they are a year on.