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Weeknotes: week 26

A shorter week

Finalising our migration plan

Since resetting our launch window for the new website to accommodate all the extra development needed we’ve been hard at work ensuring that our wider (non-development) plan covers all the bases. This week that plan got a peer review by a colleague and we worked towards final allocations of the tasks.

Design deliberations

The migration plan discussions gave us a good opportunity to chew over some of the trickier ones that don’t have an easy answer. One of these is how we approach our traded services designs. These are a deliberate departure from a GOV.UK approach to make pages on (mainly) facilities more interesting attractive.

Developing our development resource

Another really important part of our migration is the creation of a new website for Public Health Dorset. While this is a small site, it nevertheless provides a real challenge as it’s out first microsite on the platform and we need it to look like the old site rather than carry the Digital Place theme for the main site.

Battle of the SOM

As the early runners in the customer platform roll-out we’re going first with some of the new initiatives, such as establishing a Service Operating Manual (SOM) for each main product. This week we caught up with colleagues in ICT to talk through the interface areas and who will do what. We’re still experiencing some hangover from the days the web team dealt with all aspects of the website, before we moved into DDAT specialisms like content design.

Meet the members

Last up was an intro session with 2 of our cabinet members that have agreed to help us out with our platform project as a sounding board and keeping us on track.

And finally….

Some other things that happened this week:

  • had a blast from the past getting in touch with Will Callaghan about the LocalGovDrupal project and its approach to product info, resulting in being invited back to play on the project!
  • hearing that Greenwich have snagged @Yinlingjing to be their new Head of Product, so reached out to see if we can play together in setting up a #localgov product group and share ideas
  • Shortlisting for my fixed-term Content Designer and also for Business Manager



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Neil Lawrence

Product Owner with Placecube. Local Gov survivor. All views are my own