The Government Service Design Manual (https://www.gov.uk/service-manual) is a useful resource of managing your digital projects. If you’re familiar with Agile methodologies and some of the DevOps principles you’ll probably find that it covers the same ground. However it is very well presented and written in clear non-jargon terms so it’s worth a look. The only thing I couldn’t find was a nice diagram showing the deliverables at each stage - so I did my own as a mindmap.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Local GDS #LocalGDS workshop organised by Phil Rumens and held, last Friday, at the Government Digital Services (GDS) headquarters in London. The workshop gave a great insight into the Standards developed and being used by the GDS team and led to many discussions about whether they could be applied to Local Government. The information collected is being collated and I expect it will be published shortly so I’m not going to go over it again here but I will give some of my own impressions of the day.
The Government Digital Service (GDS) have been transforming Central Government over the last few years and by all accounts achieving great success. People are now talking about them turning their focus to Local Government but to do that they will have to overcome some obstacles. The possibility of GDS tackling Local Government is described in a recent post by Austin Clark (Government urged to extend GDS support to councils) he describes how Phil Rumens the vice chair of digital networking group LocalGov Digital wants to extend the service to local government.