Innovation in Transport – TfL Access all Areas

Notes from a panel discussion I attended at an event on accessible transport, hosted by TfL. I attended because I wanted to learn about TfL’s strategic approach to innovation and accessibility. Individual introductions Mike Brown, Commissioner, TfL The high-level vision for accessibility on London’s transport: Everyone needs to be able to travel across the capital […]

The value of opening up government data

I presented at the British Library’s event “Open and Engaged” as part of Open Access week on 22 October 2018, on the value of opening up government data. Here are the slides, which I’ve adapted into the following post, with a post-script of additions generously suggested by the ever-excellent Steve Messer. Why has government opened […]

Tom Loosemore on Digital Government at the Science and Technology Committee, 27 November 2018

Tom Loosemore was interviewed by the Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee on 27 November 2018. Tom was Deputy Director at the Government Digital Service 2011-15. He has a good reputation and I wanted to hear what he had to say. I found him an articulate, expert and passionate advocate of doing digital properly. I pulled […]

Achieving Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People – Marty Cagan

Notes from a talk by Marty Cagan, at a Product People meetup hosted at Geovation on 19 October. Marty Cagan is from Silicon Valley Product Group has worked at places like Netscape and eBay back in the day, and advises lots of startups on how to do tech product management. The inimitable @cagan giving us […]

What is [email protected]?

Yesterday’s Digital Project Managers London meetup looked at the Scrum @ Scale framework. The event was mostly questions and answers, so what follows is a blend of that material, bolstered with content from the Scrum @ Scale website. The goal of Scrum @ Scale is to allow organisations to scale effectively, rather than finding diminishing […]

Designs of the Year, and Print in the Digital Age

Here are my highlights from the Designs of the Year exhibition at the London Design Museum. Warka Water A 12-metre tall bamboo tower that gathers water rom the air. About 100 litres of clean drinking water per day. Inspired by lotus leaves and spider’s webs, The project is named after the Warka tree, an Ethipian […]

Public Service Design – Cross Government Design Meetup 22

Today I attended a Cross Government Design Meetup at the Design Museum in London. Here are some of the highlights I took away. Introduction – Lou Downe “Bad service design is one of the biggest costs to government” In the future, “Services will shape government, not the other way round.” “Transformation will never be done” […]

Doing the hard work to make it simple – Tom Loosemore

Below is a video and summary of a talk by Tom Loosemore at the Camp Digital conference, 2016. Design is inherently political, and we must not ignore this Ask yourself: who is the “we” that gets to build the future? If you don’t understand how something works, you are a consumer, not a citizen. Don’t […]