Work is starting to pick up again this week following a relatively quiet one last week. My areas of focus were succession planning, team check-ins and more x-gov conversations with colleagues from DfE and Defra.

One important update I forgot to mention last week was that I got my first COVID vaccination! Massive shout out to the NHS staff at King George Hospital for running such a smooth operation 💙

Please visit the NHS website if you haven’t already and book your jab.

Another highlight was going on an actual date night in central London after an absolute eternity. The…

With school holidays this week, the ‘office’ has been a lot quieter, meaning less time in meetings and more time to tick things off the to-do list like writing this week note!

Nice weather in London

With the Bank Holiday weekend, I was finally able to invite friends over after what feels like an eternity. Best of all, we got to finally meet one of these lockdown babies for the first time. We all unanimously agreed, he had a smashing hairline for someone who just turned 3 months old.

X-Gov love

I’ve received really warm feedback from the x-gov community on the digital transformation post I…

How to support colleagues and implement cultural change to enable digital delivery in Government organisations

Delivery teams across government are working hard on exciting new projects as well as supporting existing systems and applications. In many organisations, alongside this core delivery activity, they have also been exploring transformative work to:

  1. Introduce multi-disciplinary teams
  2. Adopt agile ways of working and deliver to the GDS Service Standard
  3. Establish a clear portfolio process to operate within sustainable WIP limits
  4. Introduce user-centred design professions and principles
  5. Support colleagues navigate change with clear guidance and training
  6. Improve communication and collaboration by working in the open
  7. Sign up to the digital and technology spend controls process

Delivering this will be a…

For several months, we have been working on migrating a key service to a new Kubernetes platform. Whilst we have completed the security assessments and implemented protective monitoring, as we near the switchover date, there are a couple of things that kept me up at night:

  1. We don’t have any live, operational experience on the platform. This will be the first service on the new infrastructure.
  2. The service currently has a 99.5% SLA and serves 0.2 requests per second. We will need to maintain both of these.

We needed a way to build our confidence in the new platform by…

Reviewing processes and making tweaks can bring wide-ranging and longstanding benefits to a team

“One Way street sign beside road far at the mountain during daytime” by Nick Tiemeyer on Unsplash

I recently caught up with an old colleague of mine. We had a chat about our time working together; the great people we worked with and the impact our work made to the end users.

One of the things that we looked back on was the difficulty we had in delivering our sprints and how we went about changing it for the better.

In this post I’ll describe the processes we inherited, the obstacles we faced in bringing change and the positive results we achieved in time.

I was part of a large team who managed a business critical site…

Get a leg up on the competition on your next Digital Project Manager role with these interview questions, tips & general advice

In this post, I will walk you through my experience of the interview process for a Digital Project Manager, provide typical questions you’re likely to be asked and give you a few general pointers as well.

Interview Stages

The typical interview process for most roles takes place over 3 steps.

Phone Interview

At this stage, it’s really just about being polite and answering some general Project Management questions. You’ll also be asked to give a high-level overview of your experience and be given an introduction to the role and the company.

I’ve found that as you gain more experience, you tend to deal with…

An insight into what a Digital Project Manager does on a typical day

In this post I’m going to describe a typical day as the Digital PM of the Qualifications Website at Pearson, so you can get an insight into what a Digital Project Manager does on a daily basis.

Daily Standup

Your day will start with a Daily Standup. These meetings are invaluable for an Agile team. Usually lasting 15 mins, everyone in the team shares an update on what they did yesterday, what they will do today and if there are any blockers.

Rumman Amin

Head of Delivery Profession. Digital Delivery & Transformation in Government. Prev @GDSTeam

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