On GOV.UK Notify we’ve been encouraging stronger developer engagement in the user research process in an interesting way. Martyn Inglis explains the value of involving everyone in a product team in lab sessions.
Ian Maddison explains how user research has informed the approach and technical decisions in the GOV.UK Pay beta. He also gives an update on the public API, how they're making integration straightforward, and security.
Last time we blogged we talked a bit about building a platform to host digital services, and we told you about how we chose cloud foundry. Before we move on to what we are up to now, here is a quick reminder of what we are doing and why.
Will Myddelton explains why the main users of GOV.UK Notify are the people working in service teams.
Anna Byrne is the Digital and Technology Transformation Lead on the Grant funding alpha at Department for Business Innovation & Skills. She talks here about the alpha so far, the user research and the prototype dashboard.
As Stephen Foreshew Cain said Sprint 16 was a great day and Government as a Platform was very much at the heart of it. In case you missed it or weren’t there, here’s a quick recap on the Government as a Platform highlights from Sprint 16.
We’ve drafted some principles (similar to the GDS design principles), to define how things in the Government as a Platform toolbox should be built and run.
The Civil Service Digital Team are building better tools for civil servants to do things like performance reviews, expense claims, booking courses and gathering data. But they cant do this in isolation. They want to work alongside users (ie civil servants) on an ongoing basis to hear about their needs and get their comments and feedback.
Seb Tallents writes about Government as a Platform as a range of products, which will form a single platform on which service teams can build brilliant transactional services.
We’re seeing an increasing number of government services offering, or looking to offer, web (or live) chat as an alternative contact channel for their users.