This post is about an incident on the 'Platform as a Service for government' production environment for hosting applications.
GOV.UK Pay is now compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. This means GOV.UK Pay can process credit and debit card payments on behalf of government and wider public sector organisations. Till Wirth and Rory Smith talk about the team's approach to security in the context of agile software development and continuous delivery.
GOV.UK Notify is now a reality with 4 services using the product to send messages to users. And another 70 service teams across central government have contacted the Notify team to say they’d like to use this product to talk to their users.
Chris Heathcote talks about the web chat alpha, its scope and goals.
Dominic Hey (Ministry of Justice) and David Ware (Government Digital Service) spotted an opportunity to pool resources and partner up on user research. They recently held the first joint usability session, with members of both teams observing.
We are working hard on Government as a Platform to make sure user researchers are doing the right job. We've had some problems figuring out what that job is at times. So we've developed eight principles for how to be a user researcher on Government as a Platform.
We’re keen to spread the hosting and platform message, so we travelled to Swansea Tech Hub. This was an ideal opportunity for us to reach out to 60 people working in agencies across the south west including Met Office, Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency, Intellectual Property Office, Office of National Statistics, and Companies House.
When we began our alpha, we wanted to understand what a learning service could look like if it was designed around the needs of users - a more personalised, relevant and informal service.
We ran a short discovery looking at how government uses web chat to help support users. We wanted to know if there are common web chat needs across government and what opportunities there might be to meet these needs in a more consistent way. Chris Heathcote explains.
Katie Valentine shares some useful techniques for conducting user research with people working in service teams.