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Why hire an internet-era CTO? What will they actually do?

This post is part 1 of a series. At the start of the summer, we published a reading list for Internet-era CTOs. A lot of my work at Public Digital is about helping our clients understand what an internet-era CTO is, what skills and experience they should have, and how to hire one. I decided to write down some of the essentials, which we're going to publish over the next few weeks as a series of blog posts. — James Stewart James...
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Keep going

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkLO-IwSCko At the start of the summer, we co-hosted an event at Harvard University with our friends from digitalHKS. A couple of dozen people spent 2 days telling the truth about their efforts to make digital change happen in governments all over the world. People were encouraged to be candid; it was a chance for everyone to really find out what their peers are up to. The successes they’ve enjoyed, and the disasters they’ve coped with. In between the presentations and discussions,...
Thinking aloud

Radical org change, incremental delivery change

Earlier this week, some of the Public Digital team attended the Make Change Happen event at IDEO’s London office. You may have seen Ben’s post from yesterday, spelling out our close relationship with IDEO. While we were there, I did a very short talk about something that’s been on my mind in recent months: architectural innovation, and how it applies to the sort of problems our clients have, and the sort of work we do for them. “Architectural innovation” is...
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We’ve partnered with IDEO

Last night a few of us attended an event at IDEO’s London office, to discuss what change really looks like and how organisations can make it happen. Mike gave a short talk, which he’ll tell you more about in another blog post tomorrow. We’ve been working with IDEO since 2016. We have a partnership to work on large scale private sector digital transformation projects. IDEO's Palo Alto studio IDEO is a global design and innovation company and it's full of really interesting...
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Making government as a platform real

A couple of weeks after leaving the UK Government Digital Service (GDS) back in October 2015, I attended the Code for America summit in California. I gave a talk about some work I'd led during my final months in government, work that explored what it would be like to live in a truly digital nation, with new digital institutions. What follows is the gist of what I said that day. I've updated it for clarity, and added some links that I...