My name is Eddie Shannon and I'm the DSD team's new design lead. Since arriving in April I've been working across all of the exemplars as well as getting involved in several of the smaller projects that need design attention. I have experience in working for both corporations and for smaller agencies on mobile, tablet and web projects but it's a real thrill for me to be working for my country and to be helping to shape the next generation of MOJ services. In the future I hope to be able to share more of what the design team is up to here, but for now I've been asked to put together the week notes, so here we go:
Neal Craig joined the team this week as Roger's deputy and our head of strategy and policy. He's had an interesting and busy first week - engaging with the teams we work with across the business, resolving a few issues with the business and raising awareness of the services DSD can offer to the rest of the department, via engagement with arm's-length bodies and our new Director General's corporate office. Alice has been working on open policy-making and open data with Max. Gavin has been at GDS on a 2-day Project Service Manager training course, which involved talking about how the Service Standard will be used and what it means in practice.
Our new developer Jan has been working on the Form Finder tool and Tribunals Database in conduction with James, who is also wrestling with new software and preparing for today's 'Show and Tell' session. Mateusz and Mat are busy on the Lasting Power of Attorney tool and are working to squash bugs and deploy new versions of it as launch day approaches, whilst Vera has been closing down lots of 'Business As Usual' issues as well as working on updates to the Legal Aid Finder.
I'm currently putting the final design touches to Court Finder and Legal Aid Finder. I've also started redesign work on the 'Check if you can get legal aid' tool and the Tribunals Database.
Jonathan has been preparing for and attending the first ICT (MOJ's IT) working group where he, and others from the team, will be meeting the representatives from all of the different areas of ICT to discuss current projects and possibilities for collaboration.
Graham has been making tweaks to Court Finder and the Legal Aid Finder. He's also working with our new content editor Rod, who has joined us from GDS, on the transformation of existing Justice guidance that will live on GOV.UK.
Max and Daniela have been working on Civil Claims with several very useful workshops taking place over the past few days. They are also proposing plans for the future of the services and planning the the architecture of these future systems. We should soon be starting work on the alpha.