IMS Alpha - Pre-sprint 2 week notes

In our first planning session we refined the alpha vision and goals, and identified and agreed core alpha activities, thinking about the outputs we’re seeking.

Last week we began our first sprint. We now have a complete alpha team

  • Richard as Service Owner
  • Saul as Product Manager
  • Isobel (standing in for Matt) as Delivery Manager
  • Zoe as Tech Lead
  • Aidan as Designer
  • Alan as Service Manager
  • Debbie as Finance SME
  • Steve as Developer (but we’re using him as tech advisor)
  • David as Security Lead
  • Glen and Tony as Tech Architect advisors.

Many of the team are not full-time on the project and we are using Slack to give visibility of activities for those not able to make the stand-up.

In our first sprint planning session we refined the alpha vision and goals, and identified and agreed core alpha activities, thinking about the outputs we’re seeking. We also identified which team members would contribute to which activity. 

Vision

A supported payment and income service designed by local government for local government- that improves the current experience for users by introducing greater choice and flexibility, and providing value for money by reducing total cost of ownership.

Goals

  1. A better experience
  2. Value for money
  3. Open by design
  4. Collaboration

Core alpha activities

  • Map the landscape and wider ecosystem of which the future service is part 
  • Prototype new features of the new system 
  • Design a first iteration of a support model 
  • Create Council persona’s for future users 
  • Create a cost model for the future service 
  • Define an approach to service governance 
  • Define reference architecture and infrastructure for the system

We have

  • Had a whiteboard session to map out the ecosystem
  • Had detailed discussions about the research questions we need to answer and some initial thoughts on how to do it (in preparation for Sam’s input).
  • Arranged the first meeting for the design authority
  • Arranging a time for our first co-design workshop for the additional required features
  • We attended and presented at the MHCLG project kick off meeting 
  • Had a discussion with the GOV.UK Pay team about whether/when new payment methods are going to go on their roadmap

Next week we expect to

  • have those meetings that are being arranged
  • plan the research in more detail and start identifying participants