For the product managers in DfE our weekly product meetup is rapidly becoming everyone’s favourite meeting. Here Isabelle Andrews explains what makes them so special - and why growing a community of practice is so worthwhile.
After we published our bog post on The Delivery Book in February, we said we'd update it based on your feedback and to share the latest version. Here it is. It provides you with the tools to take an idea and develop it into a policy or service designed around the needs of the people who'll use it.
We wanted to get a better understanding of how graduates make choices about their future employment. And we were also keen to hear what they thought about graduate internships. Helen Snowden talks here about what our multidisciplinary team learned from their users.
Our chief digital officer Emma Stace talks about how her leadership team strikes a balance between culture and delivery and why paying close attention to our people underpins everything.
Emma Stace, Chief Digital Officer, reflects on her trip to Coventry to catch up on the progress of the Apprenticeship Service.
Being user centred is one of the department’s four transformation aims, all of which have guided our work. Find out more from Georgina Watts, Lead Product Owner
We're advertising a range of job opportunities: Lead Service Designer, Service Designer, User Researchers, Behavioural Insights Advisor and a Senior Business Analyst. The closing date is 24 April. Find out more in this post.
The User Centred Design Lab is rolling out a new service aimed at colleagues and teams in DfE. It uses a lot of the thinking we put into our printed Delivery Book, and applies it in a practical way to real problems, faced by real teams.
For 6 months Andrew Knight's job was to understand what help people needed to deliver things. Their answer was quite simple: they wanted practical help and advice. So to meet their needs, he wrote a really useful book.
With some useful diagrams Rachel Hope, Deputy Director for Teacher Services, explains how the service ownership model is used by multidisciplinary teams in DfE to help them meet their users' needs.