• When I went to visit GOVT.NZ

    24th June 2015 by

    This is a post by Rachel Jane Patrick, our departing Digital Designer During March and April I was lucky enough to find myself in New Zealand visiting friends and family. I volunteered to go in and say hello to the team in New Zealand, who are working on similar website to our own, I was...

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  • 5 tips for usability testing from Steve Krug

    18th June 2015 by

    This is a post by Kate Saunderson, one of our user researchers. Is your website usable? That is the question that Steve Krug, author of ‘Don’t make me think’ and ‘Rocket surgery made easy’ continually asks. He wants others to ask as well, just as much as he does. So how should we answer that question and what...

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  • Our next 100 days: Out of Beta

    12th June 2015 by

    This is a blog post by Jose Casal-Gimenez, Programme Director for We have just completed our first 100-day drive – 100 days during which we focused on firming-up our beta release and getting good traction in our publishing flow. The 100-day format was so well-received internally that we have decided to continue with a second. This time...

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  • June Hackathon

    4th June 2015 by

    This is a post by Alex Cunningham, our Communications Administrator Last week, the team embarked on another one of its infamous hackathons. The hugely successful two-day event included a lot of design, development and dedication, and (keeping with tradition) a lot of pizza! A few days before the hackathon team members started to jot down their ideas. On Thursday morning, like children rummaging through...

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  • What we’ve been working on: Friday 15th May Product Demo

    15th May 2015 by

    This is a post by Jono Ellis, our Social Media Manager Mark demoing the bulk editor Every second Friday the team comes together for a product demo, giving us an opportunity to sit down and talk about what’s in the latest release.

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  • Introducing a simple, helpful tool for decommissioning websites

    11th May 2015 by

    This is a post by Jono Ellis, our Social Media Manager Websites within the Scottish public sector portfolio that are out of date, duplicating information available elsewhere or are no longer maintained help sustain a poor experience for citizens. Through working with our partners, we are spotting candidates that display these poor attributes and are thus low hanging fruit...

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  • Our Approach to Agile and Kanban

    28th April 2015 by

    This is a post by Jono Ellis, our Social Media Manager As part of our 100 day drive more of our team have been getting trained up on how to get the most out of working in an Agile environment and we thought we could share some of their experiences here. In the office we...

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  • Hackathon Day #2

    17th April 2015 by

    This is a post by Jono Ellis, our Social Media Manager, and follows on from yesterday’s post about day 1 of our hackathon. The byline of this blog post should probably read – “the day the webcam was named “Sauron’s Eye”. Today marks the end of our hackathon and overall the mood is pretty jubilant! The team has...

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  • Hackathon Day #1

    16th April 2015 by

    This is a post by Jono Ellis, our Social Media Manager What is a hack day? Today and tomorrow are “Hack Days” for the team. A hack day is a chance for us to work on some different projects that wouldn’t be expected to fall within our normal development process… and to work on these in an...

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  • 100 day drive and progress update!

    13th April 2015 by

    This is a post by Scott McLear, our Communications Manager In February, the programme team embarked on the beginning of an ambitious 100 day drive to reinforce and communicate a clear vision of how we want to transform the Scottish public sector. Central to this activity is putting the user at the heart of everything we do...

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