Tag Technology

Should you develop a single customer account?

Carrie Bishop’s rather well-known post on this subject was published in 2016. In the 7 years that have passed, have things changed? Not really. I dare say that if you were to stand in a town centre and ask passers-by whether they would find it useful to have everything they interact with their local council […]

A framework for council technology planning

Fairly long post this, so apologies up front for that – hope it’s worth the effort though. Also, just to make things clear right at the outset – I am publishing this under a Creative Commons license – so you can reuse, adapt and even make money from it if you want to – but […]

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 […]

Citizens Portals Y / N?

“I really wish I had one place where I can see all my transactions with the council”, said nobody, ever. In all the workshops, co-design sessions and user interviews FutureGov has done over the last eight years no one could recall anyone expressing that kind of need.

Workshop recording: matching user needs with technology capabilities

Here’s the recording of the workshop I ran earlier today on using a process and template to help match user needs to technology capabilities. We worked through the example of an intranet and there was lots of interesting discussions as everyone chipped in through the session. 🖥️ View and download the slides 📄 View and […]

Strategy, leadership and smart cities with Richard Godfrey

I had a fun chat last week with Richard Godfrey of Syncity. Richard, like me, has a big interest in how local councils use technology, particularly acknowledging the need for more traditional IT to be modernised alongside the sexier digital stuff. In this video we talk about good digital and technology strategy, what levels of […]

What content management systems are used in local government?

Just before I went on holiday, I spent a bit of time one evening researching what content management systems (CMSs) are used by local councils in the UK. A CMS is the software that runs a website, just in case you didn’t know. The results can be found in this Google Spreadsheet, as well as […]