Thinking aloud

How to hire an internet-era CTO

(This is part 2 of a series. If you haven't seen it already, start with part 1: Why hire an Internet-era CTO?) There’s a pretty important step between recognising your need for an internet-era CTO and reaping the benefits: finding and hiring that person. It’s no secret that technology skills are in high demand around the world, and particularly the combination of leadership, management and technological expertise that you need in this role. You’ve also got more constraints than you might...
Thinking aloud

Internet-era ways of working

An earlier draft of this list, stuck to the PD office door Our definition of digital says: “Applying the culture, processes, business models & technologies of the internet-era to respond to people’s raised expectations.” Once they’ve heard that, the next thing people always ask us is: “OK. But how? How do I make that happen in my organisation?” Good question. We’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the answer to that. Between us, we’ve collectively made a lot of mistakes...
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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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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...
Essays

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...