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GDS takes on mission to speed up its delivery thinking

Matteo Natalucci Published 17 August 2017

The Government Digital Service (GDS) is to reorganise its work into shorter “quarter-long missions” to improve its focus on delivery

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has said it will be focusing on “quarterly missions”, rather than annual ones to improve its focus on delivery and allow it the flexibility to reprioritise its workload throughout the year.

It argues this new approach is a better way to focus its energy allowing enough flexibility to change strategy when needed.

In a blog, GDS states that it needs to respond quickly and effectively to policy changes and the needs of the public sector. Hence, an agile approach is required to cope with upcoming challenges. 

Mark McLeod, GDS product manager said, "We’ve learned that the scope must be flexible. We know we won’t get it right at the start of a mission and the scope will change. We will get better at refining this with every mission. Working in this agile way makes it easier to manage changing scope and deliver value to users early and often."

GDS’ work is now organised into quarter-long missions, each with a specific goal, flexible in the scope but fixed in the length of the mission. Each mission will not last more than 11 weeks.

GDS said, "It might be the case that a theme extends over the course of the year, but we want iterative and complete delivery every 11 weeks, in case we need to change direction or stop. This will also help us to continually deliver value.

"We believe this length of time is sufficient to deliver the most value. We feel this structure allows us to build and develop products to a stable state, in a responsible way."








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