4-8 weeks of a Discovery or Alpha project is a fleeting time for us to accomplish our mission: to help institutions embrace the opportunities of the internet era. What can we try to extend our impact beyond the confines of the project.
Our Notbinary squad has been working with BEIS to build public services to meet the requirements of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
There has never been a time that the UK’s public service digital capability was in a better position to handle something like this than now. Especially centrally but the efforts of the teams across local government - working all hours with fewer resources and even sharper deadlines in many cases - should not be ignored.
Serverless has come a long way in the last couple of years. The irony is that the more experience you have working with cloud or designing systems, the harder it becomes to unlearn enough to make the leap to serverless.
The power of physical ‘agile’ walls is when they become a focal point for a team and a conversation starter with other people. The wall should be a contributor to an ongoing conversation – one that changes and evolves – but also be able to present to the world without translation.
We're really pleased to be able to introduce our newest member of staff, Liam McDowell. Liam has led strategy, sales, marketing and partnerships, and worked with clients such as M&S, Ustwo, Missguided, Thorntons, L&G and Companies House. He has experience establishing really strong companies employing over 30 people (from just 4 people) delivering consultancy around software engineering as well as a catalog of IP and assets.
The Notbinary Alpha team is working with a Government Department to explore how government can best help businesses to navigate the information and support available to them (online). To make sure that we understand businesses’ needs and that we build the right thing for them, we would like to have interviews with a variety of business owners and senior managers.
Start telling more memorable stories and make it easier for people to care. Teams should be able to wax lyrical on why they are doing something as well as what they are doing. At least to some extent. This needs thought. Everything from email, Slack, meetings, show and tells to blogposts and conference talks need consideration. It doesn’t just happen.
There’s a risk to seeing data as an end goal; having data for the sake of it does not always lead to better decision making. There are some instances where it is better to be without data than with it – where the data you’re using is inaccurate, or being incorrectly interpreted, or if it’s not used at all in decision making.
We talk a lot about prioritisation within product – which feature or project is higher value, which is more effort. We adjust our roadmaps – and communicate the change as features slip up or down a place in priority order. However something I don’t see people doing is saying what they’re not going to do.
Recently I wanted to share an English podcast with my mother. She doesn’t speak fluent English, so I started looking into ways of translating it into French for her. During my search I found an old article that that highlighted my challenge, “72% of (non-English speaking) consumers spend most of their time on a very, very small fraction of the web”