The digital government revolution

Monday, March 09, 2015

G-Cloud 6 goes live

Congratulations to the gov.uk Digital Marketplace for a world-leading transformation to modern, digital government with the publication of the latest version of G-Cloud.  Over 500 new suppliers have made themselves available to Government entities who can now work with 1852 of the best, most specialised organisations in the UK, helping them to get the right service to market more quickly and with outstanding quality.  Historically this was accessible only through a long, drawn-out tendering process.  Now, specialist suppliers (like us!) can demonstrate their unique ability to quickly provide innovative solutions, leading to more useful products and new features for the public.

We are pleased that the UK Government is going digital, bringing a range of services to mobile phones and tablets - saving us all from endless queues and paperwork!

One of our Agile Test Architects sent us the following email about gov.uk:

Hey Guys,

 

Check this out:

 

Go to: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates -> you’ll see a normal web page.

 

Now add the word ‘info’ before ‘calculate-vehicle-tax.rates’, i.e. https://www.gov.uk/info/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates - You’ll see the analytics for the page!

 

But, most importantly, they've turned the user story they've created for this web page into live documentation and associated it with the page.

 

The user need for this page:

As a vehicle owner

I need to find out how much it costs to tax my vehicle

So that I pay the right amount of vehicle tax

 

The next time they update the feature, the user story for this page will automatically change as well.

 

Quite cool isn’t it? :-)

Clearly, gov.uk is already utilising Agile methods, seemingly Lean principles, and possibly the Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) process.

We have helped other organisations do the same and transform their development processes - dramatically increasing productivity and quality, whilst decreasing time to market.  We specialise in making our clients’ testing capabilities more lean and productive through the use of leading-edge tools and processes.

QAWorks is now on G-Cloud – check us out here

 
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