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Sprint Notes #26

Covering 26 May — 8 June 2021

Welcome back to our team sprint notes!

Digital Leaders Week 14–18 June 2021, visit digileaders.com/week to register
Digital Leaders Week is from the 14–18 June this year

Earn your public sector badge this Digital Leaders Week!

We’ve now announced our full events line up for the week and selected 10 great talks that we think represent leadership and digital transformation across the public sector.

To earn the Public Sector Badge, you must:

  • book into all 10 sessions (follow the link below)
  • attend a minimum of 5 of the sessions live during the week
  • watch the remaining sessions on-demand within 2 weeks of the 14 June 2021

Register for the Public Sector Badge sessions.

Badges will be awarded and sent by email on Monday 5 July. Good luck!

Join the Digital Planning team. We’re hiring a Commercial Lead — Digital (Grade 7)

Be part of the ‘Planning for the Future’ reform programme

The Digital Planning team is looking for a Commercial Lead (GCF) to be part of MHCLG and Local Digital’s ‘Planning for the Future’ reform programme. Applications close at 11:55pm on 29 June. Find out more and apply.

Funded projects

Reducing Invalid Planning Applications (RIPA) & Back Office Planning System (BOPS)

These two digital planning projects are focused on getting ready to launch private beta services to process Lawful Development Certificates. They are coordinating with each other to go live in the next few weeks.

This represents a significant moment as the products will be processing live applications for the first time — stay tuned to our channels to find out more!

A tweet from Egle, LDCU Collaboration Manager

How Busy Is Toon (HBIT)

The project carried out desk research to understand the current usage and provision of traffic open data. Results suggest that no real time traffic information is currently available.

Project lead, Jenny Nelson, is now busy preparing to present a talk at Digital Leaders Week on Tuesday 15 June, and they team are also going to do a show and tell on Friday.

A tweet from Jenny Nelson of the How Busy Is Toon project.

Open Referral UK (ORUK)

The team is preparing for the Open Referral UK website launch event on Monday 14 June, as part of our Digital Leaders Week activities. Come along to this interactive session to get an overview of the Open Referral story, learn how you can use the national data standard in your organisation, and see how it can benefit your residents.

LocalGov Drupal

The project team is now into their third sprint. They have started the workstream focused on communications, future governance and supporting new partners to adopt the codebase.

Will Huggins, CEO of Drupal development agency Zoocha, has written an article for Open Access Government on the opportunity of open source technology in local government, which references the project.

Future Work Design

Eddie Niblett gave a presentation about the project for Microsoft’s Envision event and is now preparing to present a lightning talk during Digital Leaders Week on Friday 18 June. Come along to hear from 5 of our funded projects that are improving the citizen experience, and help earn your Public Sector Badge!

The project team have also nominated themselves for a LGC Partnership Award.

Children’s Social Care Demand

The team is ramping up work now to deliver a tool that enables segmentation of historic and up-to-date information about Looked After Children.

Digital Inclusion Toolkit

The project team has been working on writing survey questions to send to people who contact them via the website, to gain a better understanding of their users. They also started the procurement process for a User Researcher.

Housing Repairs

The project is busy preparing to do a lightning talk during our Digital Leaders Week session, and is continuing with their supplier procurement via the Digital Marketplace.

Digital Place Based Engagement

The project is in the middle of procurement activities, and will be sharing updates during our Digital Planning session during Digital Leaders Week on Thursday 17 June.

Income Management System (IMS)

The project has completed their procurement activities and are now looking to start the delivery on week commencing 21 June. The team is also doing a lightning talk during our Digital Leaders Week session on Friday 18 June, where they’ll give an update on their plans for the project’s Beta phase.

A tweet from Glen Conroy of the IMS project.

Scalable Approach to Vulnerability via Interoperability (SAVVI)

The SAVVI team published a blog on the North Yorks Project for School Readiness Vulnerability, and has continued to engage with Manchester University, who are keen to be involved in the ‘school readiness’ workshops.

The project is also engaged in Theory of Change, and has planned a workshop with both the project team and SENA for next week.

Don’t miss their talk during Digital Leaders Week on Monday 14 June to get a brief insight into the work of the SAVVI project.

Societal Early Need Application (SENA)

Sprint 2 has now come to an end and you can read more about what the project team got up to in their latest sprint notes. Sprint 3 has begun, and the project is planning some user research days on development of questions and prototypes, with recruitment of participants underway.

Project Lead, Tony Evans, will be doing a talk during Digital Leaders Week on Friday 18 June, and the project also published a blog post about the talk.

Bournemouth Beach Check App

The business case is now fully approved and the app has a soft relaunch with the national branding on Friday. There are 5 additional councils in the process of uploading their beach data, so once these councils are ready the app will do an official relaunch!

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