Designing the mod(ern) squad

squad /skwɒd/nouna small group of people having a particular task. Background I recently wrote about our new Squad Manager role(s) and wanted to just dig in a bit to how we see our squad model growing and evolving. Like many companies and organisations we follow Spotify in referring to our agile delivery teams as ‘squads’.…… Continue reading Designing the mod(ern) squad

Internet-era ways of working principles from public.digital

I’m on record as saying that the original design principles (latest version here) remain the most important thing (amongst many, many important things) that emerged from the formation of the Government Digital Service. They provided a blueprint for digital service teams across the public sector and beyond and articulated things that many of us already…… Continue reading Internet-era ways of working principles from public.digital

The most ambitious crossover in history

When Warren Ellis accidentally spoke about my work life At Thought Bubble a couple of weekends ago Warren Ellis gave a spectacular keynote — all about the future and history of comics — I loved it. It totally played into my own weirdly mixed feelings about my love for the art form. There was this section of his talk though…… Continue reading The most ambitious crossover in history

Time to ‘Accelerate’ transformation

If you are anything like me you read a lot of ‘business’ books. For me these are usually at least somewhat related to doing work in the internet-era — often with titles including buzzwords like ‘lean’, ‘agile’, ‘transformation’, ‘sprints’ (or a creative combination of all of them!). Also if you are anything like me you do what…… Continue reading Time to ‘Accelerate’ transformation

‘This thing of ours’ isn’t JUST about people..

Like many of us in ‘this thing of ours’ I am prone to making statements like — digital is all about people. In fact here is a picture of me standing in front of a massive screen saying something similar: Now I stand by this but sometimes I worry I mean something different when I say this…… Continue reading ‘This thing of ours’ isn’t JUST about people..