How we do agile research analysis

Agile analysis shapes our research Conducting research for agile projects means that we need to work fast, include the whole team and provide clients with opportunities to get involved. We embed research in all our work and remain flexible in our approach. This means sometimes we’re working on a full on eight-week discovery phase and have the capacity to combine ...

Keep going!

Vanessa and I went to a Women in Digital event hosted by the Parliamentary Digital Service (PDS). PDS invited us as we built and host their blog, which is actually one of the tools PDS is using to encourage diversity and hire more women and people from minority groups. Along with government departments, suppliers and charities, we gathered in the Attlee ...

UKGovcampX

Last month was UKGovcampX, an event close to dxw’s heart. I’ve been a regular attendee and sometime campmaker since 2013, but this was my first one since leaving the Civil Service so I was looking forward to seeing colleagues and friends. This isn’t a comprehensive account of the day - just some thoughts. I took part in a fascinating discussion ...

How we have protected GovPress sites from the WordPress REST API vulnerability

A large number of WordPress sites will have been defaced as a result of a recently disclosed vulnerability in the REST API. Fortunately this did not affect sites hosted with dxw as proactive steps had already been taken to secure client sites. Two weeks ago, the WordPress security team told us and a number of other hosting companies about a ...

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Delivering a Delivery Manager

Hello! At the beginning of the January I moved roles to help out as a Delivery Manager at dxw. Why make the change? I’ve been on the development team at dxw for over a year now. While I have been having enormous fun building software for our clients and their users, I wanted to try my hand at the experience ...

The Importance of the Network

UKGovcamp has just celebrated it’s 10th birthday when over 200 people gathered at the National Audit Office. For those not familiar, it’s an unconference where a fabulous network of people with digital in common and a passion for making government work better, come together to identify and discuss the issues we need to battle. dxw is committed to helping the ...

In the Port of Amsterdam

  After having had the opportunity to go the the Women of Silicon Roundabout conference in October, I found out from one of the speakers that there was a European Women in Tech event taking place in Amsterdam at the end of November. I hadn’t at this point managed to work out which conference to go to as part of ...

How we built GovPress admin

Here at dxw we are dedicated to making things better. We spend most of our time designing, building and maintaining sites for our public sector clients. However, we also want to invest time in developing internal products that make our jobs easier and the work more interesting. A new service we recently released as a beta is GovPress admin - ...

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How we capture research data for agile analysis

Don’t underestimate the value of good notes User researchers are a bit like wedding photographers. We have to capture what’s happening, what the participant does and what they say, but this is a small part of a researcher’s work. The real value actually comes from the analysis we do afterwards. Much like a photographer spends days processing their pictures to ...

GovSite – an update

Whilst looking over dxw’s blog posts recently, I realised it has been some time since we’ve given an update on GovSite. When dxw last wrote about Govsite we described it as a flexible theme we had developed and made available for anyone to use. GovSite has since come a long way and is now available as a product you can ...

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