Author Archives: iansthoughts

About iansthoughts

Chief Operating Officer at DEFRA, and former council Chief Executive. All views expressed are my own and not formal policy of my employers current or past.

Impressing the Victorians and how the modern desktop doesn’t work

Is our computer desktop fit for purpose? A simple question, but one in an agile working world which is increasingly important. My short answer to the question though is ‘no’, it actively hinders things, reinforcing the workplace behaviours and cultures … Continue reading

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Digital isn’t E Gov in better clothes

I read a couple of blogs yesterday that prodded me into blogging action (it’s been a while). Mark Thompson wrote (here), in response to Andrea Di Maios Gartner post (here) saying that digital government is just making E government work. … Continue reading

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Creating digital services. A jump not a journey

Perhaps a little naively I have spent most of my adult life trying to find the perfect productivity system. I have read various books on the subject and keep challenging myself to get more out of the 24 hour day. … Continue reading

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How digital can boost the economy

Having systematically created a substantial digital footprint I have been brought up short this week whilst buying a house. For those of you who haven’t bought a house in a while little has changed since, well, ever. It is still … Continue reading

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Put the intranet out of its misery?

What is the intranet for anymore? Back in the day the intranet was the place where an organisation put its private stuff, the internal polices and information it didn’t want its customers to see. It was, to a large extent, … Continue reading

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Lean and Agile, can’t have one without the other?

I spent some time at the Government Digital Service last week and saw at first hand the race to launch the GOV.UK website on 17th October 2012. Much is talked about the value of using the Agile methodology to develop … Continue reading

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When business models collide

I have just come back from a very frustrating trip to our local branch of Tesco. Need to say right from the start I am not anti-Tesco, but the experience this morning is a warning to us all when ¬†addressing … Continue reading

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