James Stewart, co-founder of the UK GDS, shares learnings from the agency's revolutionary transformation, including the importance of culture and process change.
Essex County Council used existing systems to build a new blogging platform, wrote user stories to ensure they were meeting citizen needs, and worked in the open so they could benefit from similar work by other agencies.
Rob Musekiwa, Senior IT Consultant at Enfield Council, says the public cloud offered the greatest flexibility and value for reducing costs and modernizing services.
GDS initiatives include the development and monitoring of the Government Transformation Strategy, skills training through GDS Academy, and the creation of a components-based toolkit known as Government as a Platform (GaaP).
A report by techUK discusses how procurement can act as a tool for government to deliver its vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the supplier community.
Andrew Grant, chief executive at Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) says a lot of councils are still at the transition stage, trying to remodel departments and tinker with digital tools, when they really should be aiming for complete transformation.
A new course from the Government Digital Service academy will focus on how government carries out user-centered design to create inclusive services, and will allow participants to explore techniques such as interaction and content design in an agile environment.
"What we are trying to do is target areas of government we think are most ripe for transformation and taking a partnership approach to how we deliver agile."
Public Technology interview: UK’s Department for Work and Pensions CIO talks DevOps, digital transformation
Like many large organisations, DWP is adopting a DevOps culture to try and break down traditional barriers between different professions, and unlock the full value of technology and data to transform its services.
A delivery manager in the UK Environment Agency proposes that government should focus on hiring teams to accomplish agile work rather than funding for specific projects, reducing reliance on outside contractors.