Solutions

Successfully delivered Front End development utilising JavaScript and HTML

published on Thursday, November 28th, 2019

Our team leveraged JavaScript/HTML for developing the configurable Recruitment Dashboard for IT Recruitment Marketplace: -Designed/developed conditional candidate details entry; allowing variable number of roles and variable number of achievements per role; automating candidate details capture/display. -Implemented configurable multi-stage recruitment-pipeline; allowing bespoke recruitment pipelines creation utilising reusable components: candidate details capture/CV scoring/remote & face-to-face interview scoring/candidate […]

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Filed under: Clients, Solutions

Successfully developed WordPress Content Management Systems

published on Monday, November 25th, 2019

Our team successfully developed an Automated Recruitment Dashboard for IT Recruitment Marketplace leveraging WordPress-CMS: -Implemented custom roles for candidates/administrators/authors/approvers/publishers. -Implemented individual branding for organisations/departments/teams. -Created custom post types for companies/departments/teams/candidate profiles/roles. -Designed/developed custom templates for display; including: carousels and conditional filtered lists for displaying candidates/roles. -Implemented custom workflows for content creation, management and display; including […]

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Filed under: Clients, Solutions

Case Study: HMRC Messaging Delivery Group Digital Transformation

published on Thursday, September 5th, 2019

HMRC required a Digital Transformation team to provide integration services for new HMRC Digital Services. Our consultants: Worked in conjunction with in-house & third-party suppliers to collaboratively create Brexit-critical Digital Services; leveraging existing legacy systems and new bespoke & COTS applications; for the Customs domain. Established integrations with European Union (EU) systems: facilitating the continued […]

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Filed under: Case Study, Digital Transformation, Solutions

Case Study: HMRC Messaging Delivery Group Agile Adoption

published on Monday, August 12th, 2019

HMRC required a new agile team to provide integration services for new HMRC Digital Services. Our consultants: Created a multi-disciplinary Scrum Team comprising: a Scrum Master, a Technical Business Analyst (acting as pseudo-Product Owner), a Lead Developer, two Senior Developers and an Automated Tester. Created an Agile Backlog (leveraging JIRA) in conjunction with the wider […]

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Filed under: Agile Adoption, Case Study, Solutions

Successfully utilised and implemented Web analytics (Google Analytics)

published on Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Our team implemented Google Analytics at IT Recruitment Marketplace : -Identified popular content and fed it back on organisation, department and team basis. -Captured entry points allowing organisations to get best value from advertising of roles. -Utilised exit points to establish reasons for incompletion of applications; feeding lessons learned into development process and content creation […]

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Experience in successfully performing interaction/UX design

published on Friday, June 28th, 2019

Our team completed successful iterative interaction/UX design at MediaPharm ; working collaboratively with stakeholders: -Identified the audience, creating user personas for anticipated functionality. -Defined functional and non-functional requirements based on user research; prioritising backlog based on business value. -Established a data dictionary and created design patterns for agreed functions. -Created wireframes for usability testing; feeding […]

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Synchronise New Digital Service with Mainframe Legacy System

published on Friday, March 8th, 2019

Our consultants engaged at HMRC to: Design a system to provide two-way synchronisation of Tariff, Quota and Payment data between a new Digital Service being built on a ESB/MicroService-architecture and an existing legacy mainframe system. Setup a CI/CD process to manage the integration, testing & deployment of new code. Provide file movement and manipulation, as […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Experience of working for a Government department

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

At HMRC, we utilise Scrum/Kanban/SAFe/Lean-techniques to deliver from simple changes to a workflow to enterprise-wide-programmes. Our Scrum-Teams apply agile-best-practises; including: •TDD •Continuous-build/integration •Automated-testing (functional/non-functional) •Continuous-deployment •Processes/procedures built-up with extensive experience in Digital-Transformation-Programmes. Scaling resource levels to meet HMRC’s needs: •25/50/100+ •Seamlessly-integrating new-joiners. Engagement-key-points: •15 agile-teams •14 concurrent-Programmes/Release-Trains/Projects •100+ consultants working collaboratively with each-other/external-teams(client/third-party suppliers of […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Demonstrable experience and track record of providing cloud-based hosting and support services for digital products

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

HMRC required the Customs-Declaration-Service(CDS)-development/delivery-mechanism migrating from Fujitsu-Private-Cloud to AWS. Our consultants developed an implementation-plan, conducted Proof-Of-Concepts(POC), then migrated the CDS-CI/CD-processes, automated-testing/mocking-framework, environments and existing Integration-Services to AWS. We added RedHat/WSO2 upgrades and completed everything in four-weeks; without any disruption to CDS-delivery-schedule. We subsequently added features including: S3, RDS, EC2, EBS, clustering, Availability-Zones and Virtual-Private-Clouds; providing […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Experience of having delivered data management frameworks, including practical strategies and policies, for the management of data – its use and quality

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Ford required a new data-management-framework to allow a store-once/use-multiple-times-policy for technical information across all of Ford’s vehicle-models. Our consultant managed the development/support of an XML-based system: •New data-types (Tags) managed through Global-Governance-process. •Tag/Attribute/Element structure allows feature-rich for consuming-systems. •Content separate to presentation to flexibly-feed disparate-systems. •Elements/Attributes allow regionalised-versions. •Consistent data-entry enforced through defined fields/XML-schemas. •Data-model […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Have experience in delivering a management information dashboard service to be used by multiple organisations or business units

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Our consultants engaged at Ford to: •Design/Develop a Data-Warehouse for all country teams across EMEA & APAC. •Ensure the integrity of the data from the mainframe/database systems. •Extract/Transform/Load data using DataStage into a TeraData database. •Display the management information on a dashboard using WebFocus. In addition, our consultants: •Controlled the update of data via Autosys. […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Worked on a project with multiple (client) partners

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Our consultants were instrumental in HMRC’s discovery & Alpha on the Brexit-Critical Border-Systems-Programme. We worked closely with 8 separate business-partner teams to identify overlapping functional areas; consolidating 8 separate Backlogs & reducing Features by 23%. This led to a consolidated infrastructure requirement; reducing licensing by 30%, Development by 20% & support/maintenance by 12%. We worked […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Share their work freely and openly with the partner organisations and the wider community

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Our consultants established a new Integration-development centre at HMRC with a remit for providing reusable services for other project development teams. We established a library of integration patterns with reference implementations; ensuring appropriate documentation was in place for the wider community; including HMRC in-house teams & other suppliers. The team created a Test-Framework for functional/non-functional […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Demonstrate experience designing services for a wide range of digital skills and confidence

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Ford’s Content-Management-System was being used inefficiently by non-technical-users. Our consultant evaluated-the-system/its use; concluding: •User-Groups spread globally/using system in different-ways •High-turnover of users-knowledge not retained •Lack-of-understanding leading to incorrect reporting-of-defects/wasting IT-team’s time. Our consultant improved effectiveness by: •Fortnightly review-sessions for heavily-used-features – added to training knowledge-base. •Video-Product-Demos for new-development; ensuring clear-instructions available. •Trained key-users across regions […]

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Demonstrate a track-record of user-centred design and Agile approaches

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Barclays had multiple-business-requirements for User-centric web-design in the Personal-Finance-division; including: cross-sale-advertising, agreement-in-principle for mortgages, personal-loan-applications, corporate/social-responsibility-content, media/public-relations-repository We provided analysis/prototype-design/development within the Interactive-Design-Centre helping the business to visualise the end-state-solution. We provided leadership/management in the Centre leading an agile-team of six prototype-designers/developers; adopting an iterative/Continuous-Integration/Delivery Agile-approach. We used a full user-centred web-design process comprising: working […]

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Have experience of working to the GDS service design manual

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Our consultants engaged at HMRC to: •Establish a new Development-Centre that adhered to the principles of the Technology-Code-of-Practice. •Set-up a Fujitsu-Private-Cloud-based, open-source(WSO2)/open-standards(Java), Continuous-Integration/Delivery-system that embedded/enforced the Digital-Service-Standards. •Utilised a defense-in-depth security-policy, ensuring data remained private but was available for multi-system reuse; reducing Total-Cost-of-Ownership and meeting the security requirements of HMRC & OGD’s (including DEFRA, DIT […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Provide a multi-disciplinary team, including user research, service design, and delivery management

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

At HMRC we provide a multi-disciplinary-Agile-teams (User-Research/Analysis/Service-Design/Development/Delivery/Support/Maintenance) working on 14 concurrent-Programmes/Release-Trains/Projects and providing 80+ Services. We utilise Scrum/Kanban/SAFe/Lean-techniques to deliver from simple changes to a workflow to enterprise-wide-programmes; embedding user-research/feedback throughout service design & delivery. Our Scrum-Teams apply agile-best-practises; including: •TDD •Continuous-build/integration •Automated-testing (functional/non-functional) •Continuous-deployment •Processes/procedures built-up with extensive experience in Digital-Transformation-Programmes. We work collaboratively […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Have experience working with a range of xAAS products / providers

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

HMRC required a new development-centre that embraced an xAAS-approach. Our consultants leveraged the existing IaaS Fujitsu-Private-Cloud and Cap-Gemini’s Integration/Deployment platform (PaaS) for deploying/hosting Digital-Services. Once HMRC had developed an in-house AWS-Cloud-platform (PaaS) we migrated all existing services, service-development/testing/deployment & environments across in four-weeks. We then extended the in-house PaaS to take advantages of AWS’s other […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Have experience successfully executing legacy system / cloud migration projects

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

HMRC-MDG required the CDS-development/delivery-mechanism migrating from Fujitsu-Private-Cloud to AWS. Our consultants developed an implementation-plan, conducted Proof-Of-Concepts(POC), then migrated the CDS-CI/CD-processes, automated-testing & mocking-framework, environments and existing Integration-Services to AWS. We added RedHat/WSO2 upgrades and completed everything in four-weeks; without any disruption to CDS-delivery-schedule. We subsequently added features including: clustering, Availability-Zones and Virtual-Private-Clouds; providing value-for-money/resilient-infrastructure. We […]

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Have experience working to principles described in the Technology Code of Practice

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

HMRC-MDG required a new Development-Centre that adhered to the principles of the Technology-Code-of-Practice. Our consultants setup a Fujitsu-Private-Cloud-based, open-source(WSO2)/open-standards(Java), Continuous-Integration/Delivery-system that embedded/enforced the Digital-Service-Standards. The system utilised a defense-in-depth security-policy, ensuring data remained private but was available for multi-system reuse; reducing Total-Cost-of-Ownership. The SOA-type Middleware/MicroServices-system integrated legacy/COTS-systems; providing accessible Digital-Services based on User-Needs. The migration […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Have experience advising on design of modern system architectures

published on Thursday, March 7th, 2019

HMRC required European-Union data in legacy-systems. Our consultants designed, developed, deployed & supported a Cloud-agnostic, Open-Source, MicroServices-architecture solution delivering Distributed Business Processes. We embraced-Containerisation through Docker & Kubernetes; giving vertical-scalability, self-healing, resilience & high-availability. We utilised Vault for Secrets-Management, created an automated-Continuous-Integration/Deployment-system using Jenkins, Maven, Artifactory, GitLab, SonarQube, SOAPUI & JMeter. We created a Guaranteed-Delivery […]

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Filed under: Solutions, Systems Integration

Agile testing and QA including automation tools, unit, integration, functional, non-functional tests

published on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

At HMRC, we provided a testing-framework compliant with modern standards; including ISO 29119. We adopted an ‘automate-by-default’ approach, creating functional/non-functional Framework utilising Jenkins, SOAPUI, JMeter, Java & Groovy. Our independently-audited Quality-Assurance-strategy/testing-framework is ISO 29119 compliant for concepts & definitions, process, documentation, techniques and keyword-driven-testing. Other Delivery Groups on the Customs Declaration Service programme & other projects […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions, Transformation

Deliver capability within an existing enterprise governance framework (including pre-existing architecture, engineering practices, CI/CD pipeline and QA approval processes)

published on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

Our consultants created a new Integration-development capability for HMRC to work on Brexit-critical-Programmes/Projects. Working within existing Chief Technology Office, Security & Programme-Management governance, we used whitelisted technologies to develop open-source, Cloud-agnostic, MicroService/ESB-based back-end headless-services to be consumed by various project-teams developing end-to-end business services. We worked with the existing provider of CI/CD-pipeline; iteratively improving the […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, MicroServices, Solutions, Transformation

Provide close knit, technically led JAVA development teams. It is essential you can demonstrate they have experience of successful efficient delivery as pre-existing teams

published on Monday, November 5th, 2018

Our consultants led the formation of 12 Development-Scrum-Teams (comprising Business Analysis, Automated Testing, Delivery Management & Integration/Java Development) to HMRC’s Messaging-Delivery-Group; delivering reusable back-end headless-services based on Java MicroServices and utilising Enterprise Integration Patterns including: Request/Reply, Correlation-ID, Dead-Letter-Channel, Message-Bus, Event-Message, Point-to-Point-Channel, Publish/Subscribe-Channel, Guaranteed-Messaging, Content-Based-Router, Broadcast/Aggregate, Canonical-Data-Model & Wire-Tap. Our consultants have been working together for up […]

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Filed under: HMRC, MicroServices, Solutions, Transformation

Ability in implementing software using the following development practices and processes; domain-driven design (DDD), Behaviour-driven development (BDD) and Test-driven development (TDD)

published on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Our consultants iteratively-developed solutions with HMRC for extracting data from EU-systems before making it available for legacy-systems based on DDD principles. We agreed a canonical-data-model with business-users, leveraging a single-repository (PostGreSql)  and employing separate bounded-contexts to present data to different legacy-systems. We re-developed the Programme-Backlogs to be Feature-Based facilitating a move to BDD; ensuring component-teams […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions, Transformation

Designed and delivered MicroService based products; including system integration, where there are teams from multiple suppliers, managing multiple cross stream dependencies

published on Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Our consultants work with HMRC; designing/delivering Open-Source MicroService back-end/Middleware-Services and leading the integration of COTS/Legacy/Bespoke-components supplied by: HMRC-in-house, IBM, Euro-Dynamics, Accenture, CapGemini & Equal-Experts across 13-parallel streams in three cross-dependent programmes/projects. We delivered back-end Headless-services to other suppliers; including: MicroServices configuration storage – Hashicorp-Consul. Digital-Certificates storage – Hashicorp-Vault. Access control/security/log-management – API-Gateway/Service-Mesh(Docker/Kubernetes)/LDAP/Kafka/ELK. Consolidated Notification Service […]

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Filed under: Containerisation, HMRC, MicroServices, Solutions

Planned and delivered Agile projects, within complex transformation programmes, adopting waterfall methods for tracking and reporting progress alongside Roadmap based planning

published on Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Our consultants work with HMRC to plan/deliver the complex Brexit-critical Customs Declaration Service and Border Systems Programme Transformation Programmes under a Scaled Agile Framework Environment; leveraging Roadmap Based Planning and reporting in an Iterative Waterfall Framework. We lead collaborative initiatives at Programme Increment Planning; planning 10-week increments and then coordinating delivery on a sprint-by-sprint basis […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions, Transformation

Delivering projects/programmes with high levels of business process change and technology transformation

published on Friday, June 29th, 2018

Our team delivered the data-centric MASP Digital Service at HMRC ahead of schedule and under budget: -Conducted primary-user-research through workshops/interviews; resolving conflicts/managing stakeholder expectations. -Challenged status quo, championing a ‘we-can-do-better’-approach; incorporating continuous user feedback from non-technical stakeholders; implementing lean techniques to optimise process flows. -Collaborated in open/transparent manner following client’s high-level briefing; presenting reasoned/costed options […]

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Filed under: HMRC, Solutions, Transformation

Supporting the programme in robust vendor management and performance of third party delivery partners

published on Friday, January 12th, 2018

Our team managed third-party delivery partners at HMRC; including: -Established ‘Red Team’ governance structure to manage Cap-Gemini during re-architecture and Cloud migration of existing SDLC and existing services; achieving £1M+ refund of consultant fees to be offset against work programme. -Managed WSO2 software vendor relationship; reducing cost/license by 25%. -Managed Software-AG vendor relationship; establishing mitigations […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, Clients, HMRC, Solutions

Strong project monitoring and management

published on Friday, September 29th, 2017

Our team designed/developed an agile project monitoring/management system for the Border Systems Programme at HMRC: Implemented a unified backlog across eight projects; reducing cost by 30% through consolidation of overlapping requirements. -Established a multi-stage SDLC; ensuring open, honest and transparent monitoring through JIRA dashboard open to all stakeholders. -Championed ‘Knowledge-Hub’; holding artifacts including: features/journeys/environments/systems/specifications/services/end-points/schema/releases/programmes/projects-details; facilitating […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Planning multi-year, complex technology and business change programmes/projects including resource and financial management, and dependency management

published on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Our team successfully planned/implemented a three year business change programme at HMRC: -Established ways of working, within existing governance/decision-making framework, for new business group; creating internal resource, financial and dependency management processes; automating many through JIRA workflows. -Created a new Systems Integration team of 100+; achieving a 50% saving compared to 3rd-party supplier. -Established Cloud-based […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Successfully performed Testing & Quality Assurance in delivering or developing a Digital Service

published on Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our team delivered an automated testing/QA framework at HMRC for the MASP Digital Service: -Agreed testing specifications for each features based on definition of done and acceptance criteria. -Applied a BDD/TDD approach to component and end-to-end development/testing. -Leveraged Maven to enforce templates for agreed design patterns. -Utilised SonarQube to ensure adherence to agreed coding standards. […]

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Filed under: HMRC, Solutions

Delivering complex transformation at HMRC

published on Friday, June 16th, 2017

Our SC-cleared team has 25+ years delivery-management experience of solving complex transformation-problems; including at HMRC: -Development/Delivery Leadership for new business transformation; growing new Systems-Integration team comprising 200+ Architects, Analysts, Developers, Testers, DevOps, Delivery-Managers and Scrum-Masters; adapting to evolving requirements in a continually changing environment. -Implemented Cloud-based IaaS/PaaS/SaaS providing resilient/reusable technical and business services to internal […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions, Systems Integration, Transformation

Working as a team with our organisation as well as suppliers

published on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Our team mentored the in-house team through ‘Red Team’ efficiency/cost reduction programme with Fujitsu and Cap-Gemini at HMRC: -Established transparent cost model for infrastructure and service development; establishing roadmaps for efficiency savings. -Led Fujitsu through infrastructure Cloud-migration; reducing hosting/maintenance costs by 90%. -Led Cap-Gemini through re-architecture (monolithic deployment to SOA); increasing deployments from fortnightly to […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Drive outcomes making decision effectively while also considering the point of view of others

published on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Our team led the HMRC team responsible for integrating multiple suppliers’ deliverables: -Agreed goal/problem definition with stakeholders. -Assessed user journeys/personas; in collaboration with other teams (Cap Gemini/Accenture/Equal Experts/In house). -Identified client constraints; conducting cross team workshops; identifying overlaps/gaps across 4 value streams in SAFe programme/improvements/cost savings. -Agreed cross team backlog with success measures; ensuring cost effective, […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Strong client upskilling and knowledge transfer capability

published on Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Our team collaborated with the HMRC-client; growing an agile team of 200+ over 3 years: -3 people coached as Scrum-Masters then mentored to achieve 2 Product/Delivery-Managers and 1 Agile-Coach; managing 12 Development Scrum-Teams. -Coached/mentored 3 people to achieve Product-Manager (Service-Management/DevOps/Architecture); utilising Kanban. -Coached/mentored team of 4 Business-Operations personal; leveraging Lean-techniques to optimise Business-Processes then automating […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Successfully applied and utilised Agile delivery skills in the course of delivering a Digital Service

published on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

We delivered MASP Digital Service at HMRC; utilising Scrum/Kanban/Lean-Agile-methodologies: -Conducted secondary user research reviewing available documentation/primary user research through workshops/interviews; resolving conflicts/managing stakeholder expectations. -Identified user journeys; user personas; ‘as is’ & options for ‘to be’ architectures (logical/physical); high-level Alpha-stage Backlog/Roadmap. -Challenged status quo, championing a ‘we can do better’ approach; incorporating continuous user feedback […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, Clients, HMRC, Solutions

Managing multi workstream delivery teams

published on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Our team managed eight delivery workstreams for the technically/politically-complex Border-Systems-Programme at HMRC: -Managed multiple-cross-dependencies; multiple-supplier-delivery-teams; conflicting-technologies; fluid-requirements/agreed-solutions; unknown-overlaps/gaps/conflicts. -Analysed business-processes establishing user-journeys/personas; through interviews/workshops with: policy-team, users (internal/external), administrators and senior-management. -Created cross-project-‘to-be’-model establishing agreed project/technical-boundaries; identifying key-overlaps/gaps/conflicts; agreeing consensus-based-solutions/mitigations. -Coordinated complex-multi-supplier re-architecting/design/development : internal/external (Accenture/Cap-Gemini/Equal-Experts/Fujitsu/IBM); sharing solution-designs/best-practises with other-suppliers. -Managed stakeholder-engagement with NGOs; including […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, HMRC, Solutions

Successfully escalating and managing risk to deliver successful outcomes

published on Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Our team successfully setup/managed a client-centric outcomes-based RAID-management system for EMC’s customer escalations throughout EMEA/APAC: -Collaborated with customers/internal stakeholders; agreeing an Escalation Management Process within existing governance framework. -Iteratively automated process through Documentum workflows; storing RAID information in Documentum Webtop and transparently displaying progress to all stakeholders through dynamic dashboard. -Worked with external clients, consultancies […]

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Filed under: Agile Delivery, Clients, Solutions

Delivering messages effectively while considering the individuals’ involved

published on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

Our team owned the Communications Plan for EMEA escalations at EMC: -Collaboratively established internal ways of working with internal stakeholders – software engineering teams, service management, sales – agreeing robust communications plan developed iteratively over 2 years. -Established SLAs with clients/third parties; ensuring open, honest and transparent progress through dynamic dashboard. -Built up/maintained close relationships […]

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