Things I’ve seen that are worth sharing.
Exciting next steps for Local Digital and Cyber – Local Digital Collaboration Unit
The Local Digital and Cyber teams are going to be making some exciting changes over the next few months, backed by multi-year funding to the tune of £85 million.
We’re developing an enhanced approach that will allow us to support the local government sector to achieve even more brilliant things, as well as fix the core problems.
Read on to find out about our plans, how we got here, and what this means for local government.
Product design: when private beta isn’t the next step – Lindsay Green
We know that not all projects move from alpha to private beta. But there’s an expectation that it’s the next logical step… then to public beta, then live.
So, when we realised our project wouldn’t make it out of alpha, it felt a bit sad. Almost like something had gone wrong.
We won’t be the only team who find themselves in this situation and we wanted to share what we have learned and more importantly, how it’s actually been a positive thing.
Back to the Future of Twitter – Ben Thompson
The vast majority of commentary about the Musk-Twitter saga has focused on the first three paragraphs: what does Musk mean by making Twitter more free speech oriented? Why doesn’t Musk believe he can work with the current board and management? Does Musk have the cash available to buy Twitter, and would the Twitter board accept his offer (no on the latter, but more on this below)?
The most interesting question of all, though, is the last paragraph: what potential does Musk see, and could he unlock it? For my part, not only do I agree the potential is vast, but I do think Musk could unlock it — and that itself has implications for the preceding paragraphs.
Thanks to the mistrust of big tech, the creation of better tools for developers, and the weird and wonderful creativity of ordinary people, we’re seeing an incredibly unlikely comeback: the web is thriving again.
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How to build a stress-free Slack experience for your whole team – Kim Kaveh
In your Slack workspace, you can work with your team, connect software tools and services, keep up to date with announcements and find the information you need to do your best work. Managed without care, it does have the potential to be distracting – and even a source of stress. It can affect productivity and mental wellbeing.
But there are ways your organisation’s leaders, Slack administrators and team can use Slack to minimise distraction and ease stress levels to help your team make the most of their working day. In this post, I’ll talk you through some helpful strategies.
Podcast: Product management and STEM Diversity, with Karl Dickman
What do STEM ambassadors do? Learn about product management and diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.