As part of the Digital Strategy a transformation of Parliament’s technology infrastructure is underway. We're migrating services to the cloud and redesigning our network to support Parliament’s digital ambitions. Here Steve O’Connor talks about his experience of using Agile methods to bring about changes in technology.
Today we hosted the Digital Service Quarterly Update. This was the first of our events for colleagues across Parliament to find out more about the work of PDS.
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.
Looking at numbers in isolation rarely tells much of a story. So, from now on it's our resolution to talk to you in words about our numbers.
At the end of August, the development team set up a recruitment task force. The aim was to research and test ideas on how to improve recruitment at PDS. We talk about what we've done, what we've learned and what's next for the task force.
The Data & Search team is back with their tenth set of fortnight notes. The idea is to keep an ongoing, public record of what we're doing. We'll iterate the notes with a view to making them better over time …
Now that 2016 is done and dusted (and what a year it was), we’ve done some digging on the blog stats for last year. We wanted to see how the blog’s doing and what our audience like.
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.
We're continuing our research into members information on the website. This time, we spoke to constituency offices about the enquiries they get and how they manage them.
Last week I attended an Amazon Web Services (AWS) event about digital skills. There was lots of discussion about the difference in the skills needed for traditional IT and cloud technology. Given the huge growth in cloud technology, the skills gap is bigger than many people think.