We're still paused for Christmas, but despite that some of our team have still been busy.
Posted on 03 January 2020
We're paused for Christmas so are taking reflection on our overall progress this week. Although some work is still happening.
Posted on 27 December 2019
We held our "Southern" workshop this week and began reflecting on our findings so far.
Posted on 20 December 2019
We've conducted our first face to face interview, delivered our "Northern" workshop and run the agile ceremonies for our first Sprint.
Posted on 13 December 2019
Our online survey is live and we've carried out our first remote interview.
Posted on 06 December 2019
We've agreed our research methods for delivery and organised our first face to face workshop.
Posted on 29 November 2019
We've consolidated our shared understanding of the project and made a start on delivery.
Posted on 22 November 2019
On September 23rd we took delivery of something very new and very shiny! Our new apprentice - her name is Robyn and if I had to describe her in a word I would say "outstanding"!
Posted on 19 November 2019
We've awarded the contract for our Discovery project and held our initial delivery meeting.
Posted on 15 November 2019
We've reviewed tender submissions from interested parties and selected a preferred bidder for our delivery support.
Posted on 08 November 2019
The submission window on our tender process is now closed and paperwork is being pulled together for review.
Posted on 01 November 2019
Our requirements remain published and organisations are invited to submit bids.
Posted on 25 October 2019
We've republished our requirements for delivery support and they'll be live for 2 weeks.
Posted on 18 October 2019
We've published our requirements for delivery support to the market but had to promptly withdraw them again.
Posted on 11 October 2019
We've engaged with our corporate procurement team to help us buy in the delivery support we need.
Posted on 04 October 2019
We've drafted requirements for delivery support and have taken advice from MHCLG on getting our project started.
Posted on 27 September 2019
We've begun mobilising a team, setting up governance arrangements and planning our Discovery project.
Posted on 20 September 2019
We've been awarded funding to discover whether our income management system could be rolled out nationally!
Posted on 16 September 2019
Digi"NAME" is the format we ultimately settled on, giving us DigiBook, DigiDesk and DigiMeet so far.
Posted on 06 August 2019
Today we've completed the breadboard development of DigiDesk v3 and it works an absolute treat!
Posted on 24 July 2019
Following the launch of Barnsley's TechTown Action Plan - A Digital Campus, it was great to catch up with the working group yesterday morning down at the DMC.
Posted on 05 July 2019
Having received funding from the Commercial Investment Fund for our work on the DigiDesk solution, we're introducing some design changes to create a version 3.
Posted on 26 June 2019
Having succesfully trialled our visitor management system in the Town Hall, Gateway Plaza, Westgate Plaza, Smithies and the DMC, we've been working behind the scenes on getting it market ready - that is to say, sell it and generate an income from it.
Posted on 24 June 2019
Today we paid a visit to the Home Office, following up on our conversation about the potential of rolling out our Income Management System for use by other organisations.
Posted on 14 June 2019
Our local paper published a story about our Income Management system today and the potential for it's future rollout.
Posted on 31 May 2019
Yesterday we held our first *external* show and tell session as a product team, demonstrating the features of our in-house developed Income Management System.
Posted on 22 May 2019
Our Income Management System made it into the UK Authority's newsfeed this morning, presented as being a potential solution to increasing local government take up of GOV.UK Pay across the country.
Posted on 17 May 2019
I'm pleased to report that despite a few teething issues early doors, our new visitor sign in/out system is being well received
Posted on 02 April 2019
Following my earlier post about the Innovation Group and the Commercial Investment Fund, we've started rolling out some kit.
Posted on 07 March 2019
They're a little way off being ready yet, as we have a lot of work to do in finalising the control software and handling the touchscreen interfaces but I'm very pleased with how the Meeting Room Screens are turning out.
Posted on 25 January 2019
On Wednesday last week I attended the Commercial Investment Fund board with a view to securing some monies to progress three of our innovation group projects from prototype to product.
Posted on 21 January 2019
We recently took the decision to develop our own critical software solution, over renewing an incumbent contract. This is how it happened.
Posted on 02 January 2019
Yesterday I was invited to our Digital Leadership Team to present the progress we've made at the innovation group since it began.
Posted on 25 October 2018
At the innovation group, in anticipation of seeing results from the workforce mobilisation theme of our Digital First programme, we've been busily beavering away with our Desk Occupancy Monitors.
Posted on 09 October 2018
We're building our own low-code solution and when we're finished, we think we could open it up as a SaaS platform for other council's to use.
Posted on 10 September 2018
Our desk occupancy monitor prototypes are built and ready to rollout after only three sessions putting them together.
Posted on 29 August 2018
Our innovation group held it's first official hackday today and I'm pleased to say it went amazingly well and has already produced the makings of its first prototype.
Posted on 30 July 2018
The Mini Maker event at Barnsley Libraries has been a fantastic opportunity to spend time making things with my boy
Posted on 25 July 2018
Yesterday I had the great pleasure of presenting our Skunkworks activity at the launch event for Barnsley's TechTown Action Plan - A Digital Campus down at the DMC.
Posted on 21 June 2018
I gave up some of my Saturday this week to attend something called a Code Club at Barnsley Library.
Posted on 13 June 2018
I gave a presentation about the Digital Customer Services Platform to our Digital Leadership Team on Friday and I'm happy to say it was well received.
Posted on 11 June 2018
This morning, under the expert guidance of Louise Kilner, the final piece of the Income Management puzzle slotted perfectly into place.
Posted on 23 April 2018
A few weeks ago I was challenged by the head of our department to create and drive forward what he described as an innovation hub within the workforce.
Posted on 08 April 2018
I learned a lot from closing my inbox over the half term week. Not all of it good. Here's what I've ultimately made of it all.
Posted on 27 February 2018
Inbox anxiety is real, especially when returning to work after a holiday. I decided to take action recently and here's how I got on.
Posted on 19 February 2018
Council's up and down the country share a common ambition - to offer full and inclusive self-service access channels to their residents, businesses and visitors. But how will they ever achieve it?!
Posted on 15 November 2017
There's nothing quite like delivering customer value that's fit for the future, scalable and miles ahead of the curve ;-)
Posted on 15 September 2017
We've been piloting Skype as a video conferencing tool and recently I had a chance to see it earn it's keep. Very much a fan of the opportunities it brings.
Posted on 31 August 2017