Not sure anything in tech world can match politics right now for interestingness, but here goes…
- Tandridge Council are recruiting a Technology Implementation Manager. Details here.
- What a digital organisation looks like – smart stuff from Janet Hughes. Answer = responsive, open and efficient.
- We need a Minister for Digital Government – according to Dan Thornton at the Institute for Government. Quite a bit of commentary has been around the limitation of the word ‘digital’ – though that’s largely semantics – and I would argue that even if you (wrongly) take digital to mean just tech, there’s still enough that needs fixing to make it worthwhile.
- “Which third are you?” – asks James Governor from Redmonk. The thirds being change agents, persuadables or heel diggers. All about your attitude to change. Every organisation has every type, and you need them all onside – or at least enough of them – to make stuff happen.
- Coté shares some slides from a workshop he ran in the States on how Government can go cloud native. Also see this post for further ruminations.
These have mostly all been tweeted during the week, and you can find everything I’ve found interesting and bookmarked here.
My friend and colleague Jason Caplin pointed out today that the LSE have open up the lectures for their undergraduate course on British government and how it all works.
It’s a fantastic resource, and great that they have shared this openly, as it’s something that would be of use to anyone working in and around government.
However, the formatting isn’t all that great and it doesn’t work brilliantly on mobile. Plus, there’s no ability for learners to ask questions, leave comments or discuss the topics.
So, I very quickly threw together a WordPress site to rehouse the videos, using a nice simple responsive theme and layout. I also enabled comments, so there’s a bit of a social element there as well.
I’d be really interested to know from folk if this has been a worthwhile endeavour, and if you make use of the site. Also, if you have any suggestions for improvement.
The site is at http://britgov.learninglabs.org.uk/
A quick pointer to an interesting project in central government in the UK.
It’s looking at redefining the technology used by civil servants to get their jobs done.
There are a number of interesting issues around this agenda. The experience people have at home with software – particularly web based applications like Facebook, Amazon and so on – means that the systems they use at work are increasingly clunky and depressing.
As Stefan Czerniawski says in his blog post:
Traditional software is big and complicated, packed with features which most people don’t use most of the time. That has two consequences. The first is that they need training and support to be useful, the second is that it is difficult and expensive to change them. Modern software tends to be lighter, more focused, more flexible and more social. That makes it much easier to match the tool to the job.
It will be good to see what recommendations emerge from this project in the future.
I find this stuff so you don’t have to: