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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 guide to agile communication

The traditional approach to comms is to do a lot of planning up front. Many teams will embark on a “comms strategy”, or perhaps write a set of “comms principles”, and then set about filling a calendar or grid with expected messages at expected times. Most of these are unnecessary when doing comms for agile work and agile teams.

Everyone loves a roadmap

In agile programmes people prefer to talk about roadmaps rather than plans. This post is about the reasons behind this and the benefits of using a roadmap rather than a gantt chart to manage pure agile, or mixed methodology programmes.

Three levels of digital change

Even if we adopt Tom Loosemore’s definition of digital – and we should – it’s still necessary to interpret it in the context of the service you are looking to digitise. I’ve worked out a really simple framework for thinking…

Boring magic

Recently I’ve been working on a team thinking about what digital government services might be like in the near future. Conor, our interaction designer, summed up the last 9 years rather well. ‘We essentially create boring magic.’

Experiments in roadmapping at GOV.UK

Roadmaps can be a powerful tool to communicate the vision for a product’s development, unite teams of makers around common goals and let stakeholders know (roughly) when they can expect the improvements they care about.