Interesting looking ‘chief product owner’ job going at @HDR_UK app.beapplied.com/apply/pndqqu

Via @jukesie’s jobs newsletter

Love the description by our user research team this morning of surveys being like ‘metal detectors’. “If they beep, then you can dig a bit deeper."

Well, the census was a delight to complete online.

Week off this week, and it is absolutely glorious.

What’s more restorative? Just doing nothing but reading, or keeping productive all week so that I feel like I’ve achieved loads that isn’t covid testing…?

Put your hand up if you get excited about Friday Eve nowadays

It’s hard to describe the feeling of not knowing quite how things were going to unfold, but having to just commit to ‘doing’. It was adrenaline-fuelled and a leap of faith that responding was better than not. That feeling must have been shared by teams across the country / world.

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The early covid days were mad hectic. This team were one of a few teams left in an eerily deserted London office working non-stop to launch a brand new service for which there was no real precedence. The political, clinical, and societal conditions were completely novel.
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Had the 10 most productive days of my life working on this 😆 An absolute honour to work with a first rate team. Well done everyone @lo_jay …
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I am one of the worst at it in the team... which is probably why I can feel how important it is!

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Contrary to the belief that documentation slows stuff down, it’s proven to be the thing that keeps us safe.

A year since we began, we’re still building and enhancing Covid testing services under immense pressure and pace, and it really hurts when the docs aren’t there.
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“We don’t write PRDs (Product Requirement Documents) as that’s too waterfall. We’re more agile than that.”

My experience tells otherwise: you’ll…
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And from this, @itsallgonewrong’s post on prioritisation wow.how/to-/prioritise-things is a reminder of how the established simple methods do most of the heavy lifting. A couple of times recently I’ve wondered if I was being a bit antiquated for reaching for MoSCoW - feel better now 🙂
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Just discovered wow.how/ in the @PublicDigitalHQ newsletter.

Looks set to be a great little resource for ways of wor…
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Just discovered wow.how/ in the @PublicDigitalHQ newsletter.

Looks set to be a great little resource for ways of working tips. The COVID-19 product world is so full on that digestible sources of help and guidance are a bit of a lifeline.

Been a couple of years since I interacted with @NHSDigital TRUD service, but this TRUD API for programmatically retrieving reference data updates sounds like a really good step forward!
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Now with added automated downloads - initially for UK releases using new TRUD API (thanks @NHSDigital) but potentially support for other distributions in future. twitter.com/mwardle/status/135
twitter.com/mwardle/status/136

Nothing better than an uncharacteristic full stop to let someone know you’re feeling a bit abrupt…
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Text messages ending in periods are perceived as more insincere. nytv.to/gR3Nd
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Blog post from The Alan Turing Institute @turinginst about the impact of the COVID-19 app in fighting the pandemic.

“In summary: use the app, it works.”

Has a good summary of the privacy approach too.

turing.ac.uk/blog/demonstratin

Genuinely excited to listen to this.

Prod man. in the public sector can be a very different experience. Lack of a strong ‘customer’ role emphasises you being the advocate for the user. And there often isn’t a clear business strategy as a “North Star” guide. Plus lots else.
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Was fun talking to the @MTPpod folks about what makes product management in the public sector different.

Contains inevitable rudeness about …
twitter.com/tomskitomski/statu

Open Tech Lead role going at @NHSX

There are loads of people out there who feel strongly about the importance of this, and this is an opportunity to represent that formally in NHS tech strategy.

If you’re not interested, share it with someone who might be!
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Who are the open health tech leaders you'd like to see working in the NHS to support the development and use of ? HIRING for our Open Tech Lead to embed open…
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Any Python people here worked with Azure? I have an app on Heroku currently that I need to move to some kind of Azure hosting - and am hoping I can avoid completely rearchitecting it… it’s not very complex but has a a main web process, a background worker process, and Redis

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