Archive for the “Agility” category

Minimum viable should also be maximum attainable

by Stefan Czerniawski on 14 June 2012

Last week, in a post ostensibly about fixing printers (so all is forgiven if you glazed over and didn’t read it), I talked about rapid and iterative design, but wondered how minimal a minimum viable product could be: There is (…)

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Print and be damned

by Stefan Czerniawski on 8 June 2012

The private sector, as everybody knows, has clear and customer-friendly systems and services, because the customer is king. The public sector, on the other hand, revels in the obscure and incomprehensible because… well, just because. And so it was with (…)

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Two worlds, not quite yet colliding

by Stefan Czerniawski on 9 December 2011

I went to two events yesterday. The first was the launch of the Government Digital Service, or rather a housewarming party for their shiny new offices. In fine agile tradition, they put on a slick show and tell with short (…)

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Alpha gorilla

by Stefan Czerniawski on 20 May 2011

Everybody who has had much to do with the development of government web services knows that there have been failures of imagination, failures of bravery, failures of technique and failures to seize opportunities – as well as successes in the (…)

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Is this service design thinking?

by Stefan Czerniawski on 4 May 2011

I went a couple of weeks ago to a fascinating discussion about the nature of service design, organised around a book published last year called This is Service Design Thinking. The two editors of the book were due to lead (…)

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There is no such thing as IT

by Stefan Czerniawski on 3 May 2011

I have cracked the problem of government IT. A few months ago, I argued that there is no such thing as the government.  Now, in a further breakthrough, I have realised that there is no such thing as IT either. (…)

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Design Jam

by Stefan Czerniawski on 6 November 2010

I have written a couple of times about the gap I see between the brilliance of hack days, as exemplified by Rewired State, and the need to build customer needs and user experience into the mix: These projects can get (…)

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Release early, release often

by Stefan Czerniawski on 20 May 2010

The Google Reader team are pleased with themelves, not without reason: Today we built the 500th version of Reader; over the 5 years that we’ve worked on Reader, that works out to almost two builds a week. I suspect that’s (…)

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Re: Re-Rewired State

by Stefan Czerniawski on 15 February 2010

Rewired State has taken another step towards becoming the next generation systems integrator for government.  In a piece of delightful recursion, a Rewired State project becomes the vehicle for accessing the formal status of Rewired State – or as it (…)

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Who is going to build new public services?

by Stefan Czerniawski on 14 February 2010

In a world of increasingly open government data, who is going to create the services? Brian Hoadley has a powerful go at the answer: Those who campaign for the release of Government data seem to fall into a few major (…)

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