Friday, 22 July 2016

This week I have been mostly doing...

I thought I'd write a quick summary of the main things I did this week. Yes, in many respects this is a narcissistic mixture of self promotion and self congratulation, however I'm doing it for two reasons which I'll explain later.

So here we go:

  • With a couple of my team, spoke to our Civil Contingencies Team about creating a new digital service to record information about emergency shelters.
  • Attended our Capital Group to ask for a new fund to be created.
  • Attended a meeting of our Education Service's Senior Management Team.
  • Attended a Digital Transformation Project Group meeting.
  • Spoke with our Consultation Team about forthcoming user needs research.
  • With our Planning Policy Team, launched our Register Your Self-Build digital service.
  • Attended a meeting with the company doing the Libraries Needs Assessment for our authority
  • Attended my team meeting.
  • Amended the code for our search engine.
  • With one of my team, met with Human Resources about offering a better digital service for Disclosure Barring Service checks.
  • With my council's Chief Executive, spoke with another council's Chief Executive via Skype
  • Spoke to someone about running an unconference for learning and development.
  • Did some work on setting up the Local Government Digital Service Standard Summit.
  • Made a few changes to what our public analytics page displays.
  • With one of my team, met with Head of Children's Services about their digital services and content.
  • Spoke to someone at another council about collaborating on our Case Management/Tracking Capability work on the phone.
  • Spoke to a group of councils about their experience of online booking capabilities. 

So do I want, a medal for having a busy week or something? No, there's two reasons for publishing this:

If you also work in local government digital, is this how your week looks too? I know some are doing more than this, but generally how does this compare with the variety and volume of what you do? I'm keen to compare notes.

I want to highlight the varied array of things that someone in local government digital might do, to those who might be interested in working in a council digital service. So if that's you, does this make you less or more likely to want to move to work in local government digital?
This blog is written by Phil Rumens, Vice-Chair of LocalGov Digital, lead for LGMakers and who manages the digital services team at a local authority in England.

The opinions expressed in this weblog are my own personal views and in no way represent any organisation I may have worked for, currently work for, might be thinking of working for, might not be thinking of working for or have never worked for. In fact having said that they, might not even be my views any more as I might have changed my mind so I wouldn't take any of it too seriously.