• Weeknote 14th Jul 23 – UX Bristol and a firebreak

    We’re on a firebreak sprint at GOV.UK Forms at the moment. It’s a chance to catch up on ‘business as usual’ work that might not normally get prioritised, as well as learning and development. I spent a chunk of time this last week editing videos of the research sessions I did recently with members of…

  • Weeknote 7th July 2023 – A week of valuable user testing

    Another week on GOV.UK Forms, with a big focus this week on the members of the public who will be filling in the forms that our primary users build. I spent a big chunk of the week running usability testing sessions asking people to complete various forms. We started by testing all the different question…

  • Weeknote 19th May 23 – Irish routes/roots and ‘simple routing’

    Back to the weeknotes! If you’ve missed them, I did actually write one I didn’t publish a few weeks back, but decided to leave in draft due to the restrictions we have on communicating about government work in the run up to elections. Then I had two weeks of holiday. We went to Ireland for…

  • Weeknote 17th April 2023 – Testing with some risk

    I wrote this a while back but just posting now we are out of the local election restrictions on communicating government work. Not written for a couple of weeks due to the much needed bank holiday, which we spent doing some redecorating and sorting out the garden. We also made it to see George Takai’s…

  • Weeknote 27th March 2023 – Templating user research and getting into video editing

    Writing up after a weekend of DIY, specifically re decorating our hall and dining room. I say re decorating rather than just painting as I have learned so much about prepping for painting, fixing cracks and trying to get surfaces right for the best results. We’ve got the place looking much nicer now, even if…

  • Weeknote 20th March 2023 – Reviewing the year & a new office setup

    Belatedly writing this weeknote. I set aside some time on Friday afternoons to reflect on the week and ‘put it to bed’ usually, but this week I was working on something around research ethics across GDS until late Friday so used up all of that energy. I had started doing work on my end of…

  • Weeknote 10th March 2023 – Acessibility testing and a road trip

    Missed a week last week, which always means it’s been a busy one! Last week was mainly lots of research sessions. I ran 6 accessibility testing sessions with people with access needs, some of who used assistive technologies. Most of my work testing GOV.UK Forms has been using the prototype kit version so far. But…

  • Weeknote 24th Feb 2023 – A week of face to face and meetings

    Coming to the end of this week pretty tired. I’ve had a lot more face to face time through work than usual, and some travel and this has taken it out of me a bit. It’s been a good one though. On Monday I headed over to Bristol for one of our roughly quarterly team…

  • Weeknote 10th Feb 2023 – Analysis as a team sport

    Missed a week or two on these notes for various reasons, but back on it now! Since I last wrote I’ve been pulling together a round of usability testing and doing the analysis with the team. It’s great working with a team who are very up for getting involved in user research, and the analysis…

  • Weeknote 20th Jan 2023 – A new Mac, workshopping and the theatre

    I’m late on this, but wanted to get it written and not get into the bad habit of skipping these notes! My lateness was a combination of getting delivery of a new laptop at the end of the day on Friday and going to some friends for dinner after getting distracted playing with it. Apple…