Vanda Ladeira has always loved solving puzzles and moving images. She's written about how she went from studying pharmacy to making films and encouraging filmmakers at Parliament.
Last week the Parliamentary Digital Service had the pleasure of hosting codebar.
The Data & Search team are following the lead of the Website Alpha team by publishing a short update on activity on a regular basis.
This week we have been spending time looking at topics and conducting research with various groups.
Back in March, I was part of the House of Lords contingent at the Rapid Start event. The key theme was ‘Unlocking democracy for all’ and, in a small but significant way, our prototype delivered that aim by making it as easy for anyone to follow statutory instruments (Parliament considers around 1,000 per year) as for bills (around 20 per year).
This week was split between the end of sprint 7, and the accompanying show and tell, and the kick-off for sprint 8.
This week we have been focusing on what we have learned so far. The whole team was involved in sessions to sum up what we have learnt about product approach, usability testing and guerrilla testing and the prototypes we made.
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.
This week we had our show and tell for Sprint 6, which focused on the results of the usability testing of the Statutory Instruments prototype.
Phew! Busy busy for the website alpha team building and learning.
Matthew Bwye Lera, an 18 year old student spent 3 weeks on work experience at PDS. He talks about what he learnt during his time in Parliament.