Following a meeting between Heads of Profession last week, I felt compelled to bite the bullet. To write the blog post I've been intending to write for a long time and that's because a topic that I feel really passionately about dominated the second half of the agenda, flexible working. Specifically, smart working.
At PDS we like to push ourselves and aim big. After our visit to GDS at the end of November we felt inspired to get our user testing lab set up. Our Christmas wish was to do user testing on mobile devices by January.
It’s been nearly 20 months since the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS) sprang to life. By rolling together the House of Commons Web and Intranet Service (WIS) and Parliamentary ICT we created PDS. And we didn’t exactly do what people expected.
Elisabeth Ward recently joined the content team at PDS and she blogs about coming from a small agency to working in Parliament, what it's like to work here and how she's spent her first six weeks.
Culture - it's a tough one. You'll hear all sorts of companies and brands talking about their working culture - but it's not something that you can just implement. In fact, sometimes the more you try, the less successful you'll be.
Our user research team spent a day with GDS observing how they run their user research sessions. It was an interesting opportunity to see the processes and methods used by an established research team and we learned a lot that could help the development of our own team.
Julie Byrne blogs about PDS attending the latest Silicon Milkroundabout and how we brought our Digital Principles to life at the event.
The data and search team recently spent a day with the Web Science Institute, discussing some of the challenges facing the team as they deliver new data and search services at parliament.
Last week the Parliamentary Digital Service had the pleasure of hosting codebar.
Samuel Kasadha, a work experience student, spent a week shadowing various people at PDS. He wrote about how we helped him understand the work that gets done in parliament, what goes on behind the scenes and the difference between parliament and government.