We've been offering digital lunch sessions for the past 12 months or so. They're very informal and usually involve someone in the team tapping up an interesting colleague or contact outside of government, to come and inspire us.
It's that time of the year, and we've been busy getting feedback from team members, other colleagues in BIS and across government, and evaluating the projects we have delivered in the past 12 months.
As a team, we put a lot of emphasis on sharing what goes wrong just as often as what goes right. But sometimes it's important to look back over a year and see just how far we've come.
On 25 February we held the second meeting of the BIS digital in policy group.
At BIS we've been working hard on applying digital to policy making projects, with some success.
I love this case study from the Foreign Office, because it gets right to the heart of the challenge for digital: making practitioners of our leaders, and encouraging a more open way of working.
As one of the newest team members, it was particularly exciting to see BIS in action for the launch of the Small Business Commitment and Small Business Saturday.
As we draw towards Christmas, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve been up to over the year, and assess how we refresh our embedding digital activity for the new year.
Thanks to Ann Kempster at dxw for recommending this really useful guide to simple, effective and low cost user testing. Full credit to Jenny Grinblo for sharing.
A few of us took a trip to the Guardian's offices today, as part of an ongoing project to better understand how different organisations use digital to talk to their audiences.