James Alderman is a Programme Manager in Defra’s Digital Data and Technology Services (DDTS) function, working under a supplier arrangement through James Harvard. James has been working on a major project to upgrade and migrate a key IT system that manages Environmental Stewardship (ES) agreements for the Rural Payments Agency (RPA). The project has generated valuable information and insight that will help projects in the future.
All IT solutions have limitations, but if clearly communicated, those limitations can help explain design intent and highlight strengths, as Oliver Tearne from the Department of Epidemiological Sciences at the Animal and Plant Health Agency discovered.
Lead Delivery Manager Alex Knell tells us how a Defra Digital delivery team has played a significant role in the introduction of the UK’s first Clean Air Zone, which launched in Bath this week - the first step towards tackling Bath’s air pollution problem.
We’re celebrating National Careers Week with a post from Defra Digital fast streamer Sean Crotty who reflects on a rollercoaster year-long posting that’s seen him build robots, wear pyjamas for work and come to the realisation that the Civil Service is better than working in telly.
Ilia Phoursa, a former financier turned Defra business analyst, lifts the lid on the importance of analysis in helping shape digital solutions, and how achieving a good work life balance can make all the difference.
Andrew Hick and Iris Faraway, from the Ruby Waste Services team, explain the changes they and their team have been making recently to remove the pain from waste carrier renewals.
To celebrate National Work Life Week, software developer Tim Tamimi explains why he’s such a flexible working enthusiast.
Agile teams aim to release early and often, starting with a minimum viable product (MVP) and iteratively building on it. But choosing what to put in an MVP is hard. You don’t want to release something that delivers little or …
Back in October last year I wondered out loud why we couldn’t start funding teams not projects. At the time I rather naively thought that there was some senior person or group of people who just needed to be persuaded …
The more steps Defra takes towards becoming a user-centric, service design-focused organisation, the more we learn about changing the way we work and collaborate. That’s made more difficult in an organisation like Defra, which despite our best efforts over many …