Using technology and innovation to tackle complex problems
Most projects within DWP Digital use an agile approach, with co-located multi-disciplinary teams. These teams often include a technical architect from the start, during the discovery stage.
“We produce ‘just enough’ documentation to define the architecture design,” John says, “initially for a minimum viable product (MVP). This gets iterated as the project moves through alpha, private beta and public beta under the governance of the Digital Design Authority (DDA).
“We have digital blueprints, patterns and standards defined by our domain architects. These are continually evolved, also under the governance of the DDA, and all architects within the community are encouraged to contribute.”
John’s team recently developed a citizen information strategy and defined a conceptual event-driven architecture for how DWP manages citizen information in the future.
“We’re now starting to design MVPs for core components, including a legacy bridge that decouples new digital services from our legacy IT estate and manages data integration between the ‘old world’ and ‘new world’.”