• [2024] Week 28
    by Matt Jukes on July 12, 2024 at 9:03 am

    I am in danger of overdosing on optimism. Ben is right – not bad for week one. So many sensible decisions and appointments I am getting overwhelmed and am genuinely suffering from FOMO as I see opportunities to get stuck in on new Missions with new Ministers. …and somehow England are in another final! This

  • 📅 Daily note for 10 July 2024
    by Dave on July 10, 2024 at 5:44 pm

    I am back at a desk with all my usual stuff! Yay for productivity! # Ben Welby on “Five things I think about GDS, CDDO and i.AI moving into DSIT⬈“: In the UK, GDS benefitted from Francis Maude as the Minister for Cabinet Office (MCO) with his leadership backing the wave of transformation through to … Keep reading

  • 📅 Daily note for 9 July 2024
    by Dave on July 9, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    Some machinery of government changes starting to come through. DLUHC is now MHCLG⬈ (the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government) again, which is good. Also all the digital stuff (GDS, CDDO etc) is going into DSIT⬈ (the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology) which is potentially exciting. It will be interesting to see where … Keep reading

  • 📅 Daily note for 8 July 2024
    by Dave on July 8, 2024 at 11:55 am

    In the middle of a house move, so am working on my laptop rather than my main computer, and am on the sofa – my new desk doesn’t arrive until Wednesday! The computing revolution: How the next government can transform society with ethics, education and equity in technology – the British Computer Society’s vision for … Keep reading

  • 📅 Daily note for 7 July 2024
    by Dave on July 7, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    A Sunday daily note! A rarity indeed. I’m not using my usual computer today, which means that I don’t have MarsEdit and thus this post does not sport any paragraph links. Let me know how little you care in the comments! 🙂 Following my wittering about online communities on Friday, I came across this post … Keep reading

  • [2024] Week 27
    by Matt Jukes on July 7, 2024 at 12:46 pm

    Hello from my very nice hotel room in very rainy Manchester. I’m up here for Open Data Camp ~ where I made a cameo today just to check in but attended a few sessions yesterday, caught up with some friends, totally failed to properly put up the TPX stand and generally had a fine time.

  • 📖 Is there a role in reformed public services for ‘system navigators’?
    by Dave on July 7, 2024 at 11:53 am

    I’ve been mulling a bit on what could be funded at the front line of local public service delivery, were we to save a bunch of cash at the back end by harmonising some bits of IT and digital spend. The driving force, remember, for this drive for consolidation is not some techno-utopian centralised vision, … Keep reading

  • 📅 Daily note for 4 July 2024
    by Dave on July 4, 2024 at 4:23 pm

    Have added Google Analytics to this blog, via the Sitekit WordPress plugin. I guess it will be interesting to see the numbers, but it isn’t really why I do this, so maybe I’ll switch it off again once the novelty wears off. # Audree Fletcher posted a little while back about Demanding predictable solutions for … Keep reading

  • 📖 A framework for (digital) strategy
    by Dave on July 3, 2024 at 11:57 am

    This post and all its contents is published under a creative commons attribution-sharealike license. Find out more⬈. I’m doing a fair bit of strategy work with councils at the moment, and have hit upon a framework for putting them together which seems to help keep strategies strategic, and thus make them more useful. I’m typing … Keep reading

  • 📅 Daily note for 2 July 2024
    by Dave on July 2, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    Kiasmos⬈ have been providing some of my favourite beepy-boopy music of recent times. They have a newish album out⬈, which is excellent. My favourite track of theirs, though, is still Looped⬈ from their 2015 debut album: # We had the July edition of LocalGovDigital Live!⬈ This morning. We were meant to have a session on … Keep reading

  • 📅 Daily note for 1 July 2024
    by Dave on July 1, 2024 at 12:36 pm

    Pinch, punch, first of the month.# Am trying a thing to easily(ish) create anchor links at the end of paragraphs in these daily notes. That way I can point people directly to a specific nugget within a post. There is a very limited user need here, beyond scratching an itch, which is to try and … Keep reading

  • For the love of libraries
    by Matt Jukes on June 30, 2024 at 9:04 am

    I grew up loving the library. I think Horfield library was the first place I ever visited by myself that wasn’t the home of a relative. I haunted the shelves there (and Filton, Gloucester Rd [RIP] and eventually Bristol’s Central libraries). An unreasonable portion of my paper round money was spent on library fines. Whether

  • 📅 Daily note for 28 June 2024
    by Dave on June 28, 2024 at 2:13 pm

    I’m back! First daily note in a while. Hope you are as pleased with me as I am 😁 The blog has been rehosted, meaning I can save a bit of money shutting down an old hosting account. Have also changed the theme, going from the venerable Twenty-Fifteen⬈ which has served me well for a … Keep reading

  • [2024] Week 26
    by Matt Jukes on June 28, 2024 at 10:13 am

    There was a time ~ really not that long ago in the grand scheme of things ~ when I used to get up, get a train to another town, then jump on a bus to the office and then spend the day surrounded by colleagues all day. FIVE days a week! EVERY week. For YEARS.

  • [2024] Week 25
    by Matt Jukes on June 21, 2024 at 10:41 am

    Definitely getting to that midway point of the year. Summer solstice has come and gone and “summer” has officially started (as has my hayfever). I set out some ambitions for the year at the back end of ‘23. Things have changed since then but → I gave myself a bit of a pep talk regarding

  • Jukesie-at-Large
    by Matt Jukes on June 16, 2024 at 11:23 am

    If I am honest I thought I’d be in a different place professionally by now. I had fantasies that cast me in a kind of civic tech/digital government procedural show where I was some kind of wizened House M.D figure (or more likely the comic relief in an ensemble – Sylvester in Scorpion perhaps) who

  • The coming of the unUnConference
    by Matt Jukes on June 16, 2024 at 6:55 am

    It is not an unconference…you might even call it a…conference! Debbie, Steve and I have now organised five pretty successful Product for the People unconferences (London x2, Cardiff, Manchester and Leeds) and with Bristol booked in for November (28th) and Birmingham potentially in February we started thinking about what else we could do for the

  • [2024] Week 24
    by Matt Jukes on June 14, 2024 at 3:05 pm

    Coming back to work after two weeks off is always a bit of a struggle for me – it is just enough time to actually shut off and relax but also just enough time to lose the track of what was going on (and what it is you actually do!). Given I was having a

  • [2024] Week 23
    by Matt Jukes on June 7, 2024 at 2:08 pm

    Uuurrrggghhh. This week has been a blur as a six hour time difference seems to be the sheeeeeeeit spot for me and jet lag. It feels like my brain has just caught up with my body after getting delayed somewhere over the Atlantic. I didn’t actually get home until Tuesday afternoon – the flight was

  • [2024] Interlude 02
    by Matt Jukes on June 2, 2024 at 10:05 pm

    I’ve been in Austin, TX for a week primarily to attend the ATX Television festival but also just because I like Austin (and bbq, tacos and dive bars – of which Austin has plenty.) The biggest challenge has been the weather – it has rarely dipped below the mid 30s but the humidity has been

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