Dave Briggs

Dave Briggs

Hi, I'm Dave - and SensibleTech was my idea. I’ve worked in the public sector in technology and digital roles for what feels like a very long time. I’ve experience of all levels of government, from tiny village parish councils up to 10 Downing Street.

A Roadmap Readme

In the dying days of 2022 I started to crowdsource a collection of roadmap examples to help land on a format and approach we could consistently embrace at the day job. I was looking for something that needed to walk a very fine line – an approach that aligned with our agile/product thinking and ways of working but that provided enough detail and clarity that it could help wean stakeholders off of the false certainty their delivery plans offer them.

Prioritising between agile, product, and user centred design approaches

A venn diagram showing overlapping circles titled agile, product and ucd
A lot of what I have written about here has been about pragmatic approaches to digital and technology driven work. Taking the best practice methods we see in evidence at the Government Digital Service and other internet age organisations, and thinking how they might work within the constraints of smaller teams and budgets, like those […]

Getting started with user research workshop recording

The workshop that Lizzie and I delivered went down pretty well, I think. You can find out for yourself by watching it back. It’s a quick canter through different methods of undertaking user research, aimed at those new to the whole idea. I think user research is a super-important thing for digital teams to get […]

Big programme design and the willing suspension of disbelief involved

Whenever I have been involved either as part of the delivery or an observer of Big Programmes – usually in local government – I have been struck by the willing suspension of disbelief that participants have to sign up for. The first suspicion of disbelief is the idea that you can plan a two or three year programme and deliver certainty of process and outputs from the start.

Comparing service design and business analysis

As I’ve spoken about service design over last few years a number of people have told me that they are business analysts and that they do the things that a service designer does. I’ve especially heard this a lot working with government organisations in the UK. I’ve also seen service designers working more like business analysts which doesn’t always help the teams or organisations they’re working with.

Digital age operating models, with Eddie Copeland

One of the elements of the Loosemore definition of digital that doesn’t get as much coverage as the rest is the bit about business, or operating, models. That’s probably because it’s really hard. So I loved having this chat with LOTI‘s Eddie Copeland about his 6 ideas for future operating models for local public services, […]

FREE online workshop: getting started with user research

This workshop is free for public sector people. Please use your work email address to make it easy to recognise you! It’s happening on Thursday 16 December, 12pm on Zoom. User research is one of the most important stages of any successful digital project. However it often gets missed, and that’s often because people just […]

5 videos to help leaders understand digital

Following on from the workshop I ran with LGiU last week on digital for leaders (which went very well, thank you for asking), I shared a few bits with the delegates – further reading, if you will. Part of that was a set of videos on YouTube that cover some of the important areas that […]

Building digital capability in your organisation

For any digital transformation effort to be a success, it needs to have a organisation that is open to change to work with. This is often a bit of a stumbling block, because even if you have an amazing digital team and a kick-ass programme in place, if the people across the organisation don’t understand […]