Resource. If you stop and think about it, it’s a terrible way to speak about people. A resource is something you take and use. Applied to people, it carries dismissive and devaluing undertones. It’s not about lining up the right set of resources, but about connecting individuals to form a collective intelligence.
As a digital community in government we have done nowhere near enough to bring all those lessons we have learned elsewhere to improve the hiring process to get the best, most diverse people into the roles we most desperately need. If we accept that this is a people problem more than a technology one why are we not knuckling down and fixing this?
So what is the Datalab? Basically it is a multi-disciplinary team but the disciplines are data science, software engineers and data engineers. It is a platform play and our ‘users’ are other BBC teams with audience facing products.
Containers hit the tech headlines around 2013 and are now more the rule than the exception.
Technology reuse is too easy to say and too hard to do well. Look before you leap: pride comes before a fail.
Technology projects often aspire to ideals like “reuse”. They’re so reasonable, so easily trotted out as justification for project direction. But left unexamined and unconscious, easy to swallow orthodoxy is choking. Time to look again.
When I walked into the main room at the QEII Conference Centre yesterday I genuinely gasped. It is one thing to intellectually be aware of the fact that #OneTeamGov had become this massive movement but it is something else to see it in the flesh!
Most organisations now understand the Internet is a thing. Not all organisations understand this means their thing is going to change.
If you’ve ever seen team potential accessed and amplified, you’ll know that intrinsic energy and talent in a team is a massive boost for performance. If you’ve experienced it, my guess is to this day you’ll name that experience as one of the best of your working life.