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What we’re doing about diversity and inclusion

In our playbook, we have a diversity and inclusion statement but we recognise that we need to do more all the time to make that a reality. That’s why we also have a diversity and inclusion group. The group make changes to help people feel included and to welcome and encourage more diversity in dxw. […]

Why is collaborative analysis so important?

Unseen research is wasted research – Gregg Bernstein Analysis which turns research data into valuable findings a team can act on, is the most important part of what we do as user researchers. But tends to be the least visible and least understood.  You can have well designed research questions, conduct lots of research, and […]

The team behind dxw digital’s hosting platform, GovPress

GovPress is dxw digital’s bespoke hosting platform for WordPress sites for the public sector.  The service hosts a number of high profile websites like NHS England and the Government’s blogging and campaign platforms, which are home to important long-running national campaigns such as Fire Kills and Floods destroy.   We also host sites for lots of […]

Our work with Hackney council on new build repairs: guest post by Ewelina Sorbjan, formerly London Borough of Hackney

Ewelina, former Head of New Build Property Management at Hackney council, talks about dxw digital’s work to build a new online system for housing repairs, and how it supports the council’s ambitions for social housing. Hackney’s ambition for housing  Between 2018 and 2020, Hackney is building 2,000 new homes. Our building programme is underpinned by […]

Prototyping for non-designers

“If a picture is worth a thousand words, a prototype is worth a thousand meetings” – Ancient IDEO proverb. Last month, we ran a workshop called “Prototyping for non-designers”, with the aim of showing people from a variety of digital roles that turning ideas and hypotheses into real and testable things isn’t just the realm […]

My personal development journey at dxw digital

Where it all began I joined dxw in June 2017, about a year after graduating from university with a degree in Physiology. During that year I had a part time job in hospitality, did some travelling, and had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do career wise.  I came across dxw by chance when […]

Where product thinking really comes into play

There’s a scenario which many of us witness every now and then. A team in a room, looking at a virtual or physical backlog. Lots of stories, stacked up and scattered across column after column. Some will be very big stories, not doable in a single sprint. Others will be smaller, but they are still […]

Acceptance testing a PHP application that uses Notify

Here at dxw, as we’ve blogged about before, we’re big fans of GOV.UK Notify. It’s a great service for sending emails, SMS and letters via a simple API request. We’ve developed a number of PHP applications that use Notify via their PHP client. These applications have generally used Notify for messages that weren’t time-critical, so […]

Creating an open and inclusive environment with our clients

At dxw digital, we have a responsibility to make sure the people and organisations we work with understand the value of what we do and how we do things. We do this by sharing our progress and learning in easily understandable and digestible week notes and blog posts, using clear language during sprint planning, stand-ups […]