This is the third in a series of blog posts about my experience attending the Government Digital Service (GDS) Sprint 19 event in October 2019. Read “the beginning” and “the middle” blogs which are dated 6 and 25 October 2019 respectively.
A great day was rounded off by an empowering all-female, senior leader line-up talking about digital strategy. Alison Pritchard, Interim Director General of GDS, spoke about the 2030 vision for government, which will be joined up, trusted and responsive to user needs. Alison then introduced a panel of three senior leaders from GDS, who shared the future vision of digital in government and the plan to get there:
- Lisa Barrett, Director of Digital Identity at GDS, talked about Identity Assurance
- Sue Bateman, Deputy Director, Innovation and Policy at GDS, talked about their work on data and innovation
- Jen Allum, Deputy Director, Head of GOV.UK, talked about how the GOV.UK team is planning to increase the website’s capabilities with the development of more proactive services.
Key messages were delivered by the presenters at Sprint 19 around the design and development of systems including, ‘building for people, not policies’ and ‘building great systems, in a proactive and responsive way to create a better experience for all users whether they are staff, citizens, businesses or charities’. There were also messages around the approach we should all take including, ‘be more open to risk and experimentation – this is the way to innovation’ and ‘be bold and ambitious’. This resonated with me a lot and aligns to our work on the Learning Hub.
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