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Week notes #12

22 July 2013

Some belated notes from last week. The week started off with a very quiet few days in Swansea. Lots of people were away for various reasons so, for me, it was pretty unproductive. I did however get to spend some more time with the contract team and see the latest show & tell from the […]

Week notes #11

14 July 2013

At the beginning of the week I took part in a workshop to look at abolishing the Counterpart Driving Licence (the piece of paper that comes with the plastic card). The counterpart contains additional information such as what you can drive (entitlements) and penalty points / disqualifications (endorsements). It’s seen to be a fairly important […]

Week notes #10

6 July 2013

After a couple of very busy weeks things are starting to calm down and return to normal. I spent more time on Monday with some of the team working on the DVLA IT transformation. We’re looking at ways to strangle down the complex legacy IT estate to make it simpler to maintain and to make […]

Talk: Digital by Default – Civil Service Live 2013

4 July 2013. 1 Comment

Yesterday (3rd July 2013) I have a talk about Digital by Default at Civil Service Live (an annual conference for civil servants) in Bristol. There was quite a bit of interest in the talk (the venue we had was packed), so I thought it would be useful if I replicated the talk online and provide […]

Week notes #9

30 June 2013

After the last few manic weeks, this week was a chance to slow down a bit and take stock of everything that has been going on. On Monday I and a bunch of technical colleagues met with the DVLA team leading on their ICT contract let (a piece of work to split up their existing […]

Week notes #8

24 June 2013

A little late this week. On Monday I got to spend a day visiting the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) in Bristol. Amongst other things, VOSA look after the MOT service. They’ve got a small internal development team and some SMEs working on various internal tools and an alpha of a potential future MOT […]

Week notes #7

15 June 2013

Lots of progress this week. The Department for Transport Digital Strategy published in December last year contained three transformation projects at the DVLA in Swansea. We started the first – the Integrated Enquiries Platform (IEP) – back in January. The other two (vehicles online and personalised registrations) hadn’t been started yet. Until this week. On […]

Week notes #6

9 June 2013

This has been a week filled with workshops. On Monday I spent the day at the Richard Ley Development Centre (RLDC) in Swansea. The RLDC is the DVLA’s conference and training centre. It’s perfect for workshops and planning sessions – there is lots of space, lots of whiteboards and Wifi! As part of the driving […]

Week notes #3-5

2 June 2013. 1 Comment

The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic. There’s been lots going on and I’ve been travelling to and from Swansea quite a bit. There’s also been a bank holiday, and a couple of days off. Work on the driving licence service has continued. We finished sprint 8 and started sprint 9. The end […]

Week notes #2

12 May 2013

Last week was a very short week with both a bank holiday and a day of annual leave. Despite this it was probably more productive than previous weeks. On Tuesday I attended a show and tell to see the work that’s been done over the last sprint. It’s great to see things starting to come […]

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