With so much work going on at PDS, it can be easy to take our live services for granted. The work to build our new website is challenging our whole way of thinking, especially our approach to content management. In the meantime though, we've been doing plenty of work on parliament.uk.
Whether you're enjoying a slice of Banoffee pie, planning your next staycation, or just stroking your labradoodle, who doesn't love a portmanteau (combining the sounds of two separate words to make a new one)?
MPs can submit questions to the Table Office electronically but the current system has many issues. One of the projects that PDS is currently working on is to improve this submission system. We developed a new interface for submitting questions, to help give MPs feedback about their questions and help them prepare before they ask their question.
Here at PDS, we start with user needs and this means putting our users first. We're currently working on prototype pages for the new parliament.uk website. Part of this involves discovery work about the browsers people are using to access the website and complete their task. Here's what we've found.
As I settle into my new role as Parliament's Director of Transformation and embrace the challenges ahead, I'm reminded of the importance of diversity in today’s changing world.
Rob Greig talks about the threat of cyber attacks and why we have Cyber Security Month in Parliament
Firstly our team name doesn't tell the full story. We’re not just user researchers and designers, we’re also product managers and performance analysts. Our goal though is shared: to put user needs first.
The other day I said that our new year's resolution was to talk to you in words about our numbers. In fact, we want to do more than that. We're playing with different ways of sharing, and monitoring what works (and what doesn't).
In early spring we’ll be releasing the first part of our new website. This first public step brings together a lot of effort and coordination. I’d like to outline the activities and thinking that have got us this far and what to expect from a new website for Parliament.
The Data and Search team have made good progress over the past two weeks. In this eleventh set of fortnight notes I will try and encapsulate all those happenings!
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.