Late March saw the MOJ Digital Transformation Board meet and this was held at GDS, so that the Board could see their way of working. They discussed the Digital by Default Service Standard and reviewed the digital portfolio of work for the Ministry and the status of the exemplar projects. The Board were pleased with the progress, and looking forward to seeing the results of the discovery phases at the next Board meeting.
Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, held an event at MOJ and spoke about the Civil Service Reform Plan, at which Roger Oldham spoke on how digital can help to deliver this transformation. Both procurement and the future role of ICT featured in the Q&A, issues close to DSD and the shift to digital rather than IT. A firm response that things cannot remain how they were in the past was the answer from Francis Maude, echoing his own comments at Sprint 13 (video).
In terms of the DSD team, there is a wide range of agile project experience across the team, but we need to ensure that we all have a common understanding. We are running some workshops on and working out how to make the sprints mix well with the product planning and the portfolio management. Ensuring the right person is working on the right project offers different challenges compared with small focused start up, as we have multiple projects needing delivery or planning work.
Vera, Mat and Dan are working away on the new civil legal aid website, refinements to the design work and improved datasets. With court finder, Mat is exploring the best way to implement redirects, based on the Directgov redirection work by GDS.
Alice is exploring how to use digital tools to make policy development more transparent, with a wider range of inputs - discussion continues on which policy area to trial this on. Ryan and Daniela are exploring user research around C100, a Family Law form for child custody and contact. They are also continuing to amass data for pre-discovery with the civil claims work.
Gavin and Roger attended the NOMS Agency Board meeting to discuss digitisation in prisons resulting in a wide ranging discussion on the potential of digital services.