Last November, we used this website to tell the story and provide evidences for our project Find Business Support (FBS) during our Beta Digital First Assessment.Continue reading “How we provided evidence for the Digital First Assessment”
Tube maps are a good way to layout a user journey. Draw.io is not the easiest tool for this, but if you want to try, here’s how.
You can explain the various ways a customer can find your service and the different journeys depending on the channels used for example:Continue reading “Showing your users journeys as a Tube map”
To reach our audience, we need to do better to make sure everyone can access our posts on social media. We are planning to raise awareness within Scottish Enterprise of what needs to be done so that our communications are accessible.Continue reading “Making our social media communications accessible”
So, I spent yesterday in Edinburgh at Service Design in Government. Here’s what I learned.Continue reading “What I learned at Service Design in Government 2019”
In agile development the whole point of a story is … well, it’s a story.
It illustrates an instance. It illuminates an essence.
It tells a story.
There is a user. An actual person, who needs to get stuff done. A hero.
They probably need to get other stuff done too. This, whatever that is, is just one thing on their neverending to-do list.
Their reasons could be very simple or very complex.Continue reading “A story is the promise of a conversation”
- Get a great Product Owner and never let them go
- Keep trying to connect features back to the original user need
- Visually prioritise user needs and make sure they are visible and kept up to date
I have a circa 3 year old Surface Pro 4 to review. It is 64 bit with 8GB memory and a Core i5-6300cpu @2.4GHz.
So here goes…
- It is thin, fairly fast, and better than any other Windows 10 laptop I have ever tried.
- The touchscreen feels like a gimmick at first, until you start to miss it, on laptops that don’t have it.
I actually tried to “Pinch to Zoom” a magazine photo. (MacBook trackpads also drive this behaviour)
- Windows 10 works well on it, and the screen is rather good, but it reflects everything.
I never got to try the Surface Pen, as that did not get delivered with it.
- It is easy to switch between Desktop and Tablet mode, but it is a really annoying tablet.
Stop chasing test particpants up by email, and on the phone.
Get an online bookings/scheduling system to book test participants into test slots. 🙂
Reading Time: < 1 minuteI’ve been a small part of a team working on a new digital service to help Scottish businesses prepare for Brexit.
PrepareforBrexit.scot is an effort from all the agencies and organisations in Scotland’s public sector to help equip our businesses with the tools they’ll need to anticipate and deal with any shocks caused by the UK leaving the EU.
Mostly, my focus has been on analytics, helping colleagues newly drafted into that area to get on top of their game.
The site launched on 1 November. The data should become richer over time.
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Imagine you work for an organisation where, on average, people have six things on the go at any given time.
Let's assume that, again on average, each of those things takes a week of your effort to get done.
Given that – and it doesn't feel too outrageous – we should be able to deliver a thing a week, shouldn't we?
But that doesn't seem to happen in real life. Why not?
Well, essentially, we have two choices: we can do things, or we can get things done.
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On Wednesday 9th November, our Export Service Design team packed up our post-its, pens and whiteboards and pitched up for the day at the Get Connected 2016 event at the Radisson Blue Hotel, Glasgow.
282 delegates registered for the free event. In between attending one-to-one sessions with advisers or one of the 9 seminars that took place throughout the day, the footfall to our Export Service Design stand was non-stop and a great opportunity for the team to launch the new ExportSavvy eLearning tool and showcase our latest service developments with new and existing Scottish exporters.
Launching ExportSavvy eLearning
It’s our job as an Export Service Design team to talk to and listen to our customers. Feedback told us that our customers wanted more flexibility to suit different learning styles. Now, more than ever, individuals and companies are turning to eLearning courses and online training events to achieve their personal and professional goals (just look at the explosion and uptake of so-called “MOOC”s – Massive Open Online Courses).
Our customers told us that access to training and development tools is invaluable to their export success. But in this fast-paced business world, time is always precious and we recognised not every business can afford the time away from their core business to attend classroom training and seminars.
What is ExportSavvy?
But I’ll tell the story.
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No, this is not a couples counselling site.
I and others on my team have had a lot of discussion recently about what we are doing, why we're doing it, what we can test and why we are testing it.
In an agile team, this is healthy. As long as the discussion remains respectful, talking is great, because we need to reach a consensus, agree a course of action, and commit to it. As a team.
We may not all be 100% convinced that what we're doing is the right thing to do. But we all agree to do our best to achieve it, even if (sometimes) our motivation is to demonstrate that it was the wrong thing.
But you can only demonstrate that by doing the wrong thing right (if you see what I mean).
I saw this on Twitter this evening.
— David J Bland (@davidjbland) October 14, 2016
Then I did this recalulation.
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One year ago I made the move from the Scottish Businesses Marketing team and started my new life stepping into the unknown, as a Product Owner in the Export Service Design team. Now, I have one foot in the SDI Trade Service team and the other in Service Design.
Officially, the Product Owner (PO) is “responsible for maximising the value of the product and the work of the development team”. This is a new role for the organisation as Product Owner is essentially a role coined from the agile way to manage a project, usually software development, called Scrum.
I’d always though of myself as a bit of a geek with a passion for web and digital, so I was excited to be able to use my export marketing experience and customer insight to tackle this new challenge and really get up close and personal with our end users.
One year on, I thought I’d share and list the 10 lessons that have stuck with me.
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So, we've been thinking about forms.
Well, specifically, I've been thinking about forms, with a view to improving them.
Here's what I've learned. Or, in some cases, remembered.
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I have all sorts of training and qualifications that help me to design and build awesome solutions. It excites me. I love my job. Which means that I have to sit on the impulse to jump straight to solutions and remember to concentrate on the problem every single day.
The moment you start to design a solution, you are heading down a road that is harder to get off every day that passes. It is human nature. You invest time, effort and your personal awesomeness in a solution and before long you love it. It can be emotionally painful to ditch it even if it is obviously not the right solution. (I promise not to start talking about any of my ex’s). Even if you don’t like the solution, it is still hard to throw away the time and money invested in it. It is all too easy to roll out a solution that does not really solve the problem any more.
The Golden Gate Bridge is a tourist icon, but that is just a benefit. The problem it was built to solve was to get across the Golden Gate strait, thus saving the hours it would take to drive round the bay.
If an earthquake knocks the bridge down, the new one might be very different. The solution is variable but the problem is the same.
Reading Time: 2 minutesEverybody has a methodology for how teams should work. Some of them are great but most of them are complicated. Here is how Service Design works at Scottish Enterprise.
I am showing three diagrams but the middle one is the one I love best.
1. Super simple
We are not a software house. What we do is design and deliver services. We try to be a bit lean & agile and that involves iterating constantly. This means that a traditional discovery, alpha, beta, Live flow is a bit too waterfally for us (I may have just invented a word there).
What we really do in Service Design is:
- Find value
- Develop value
- Deliver value
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Yes, we do.
But what do you mean?
We need to understand why those users don't engage further with our content. We need to get in front of them and ask why they think the way they do. Why aren't they engaging with our content?
If those users are 6,000 miles away, that's going to be pretty expensive feedback. Sure, it will be valuable, qualitative feedback.
But it won't be the most valuable feedback we can get.
Because what people say and what they actually do are two completely different things.
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First, the bad news: it doesn't mean everyone gets an iPad.
Digital transformation isn't about technology, it's about the change the technology enables.
Think about the railways in the 19th century. You didn't have to be Robert Louis Stevenson to understand that being able to get from Edinburgh to London in day, rather than a week, was a game changer.
You don't have to be able to design the train, or even ride it, to benefit from it.
Let me give you a picture.