Launching the Retirement Adviser Directory

On the 7th April we launched the Retirement Adviser Directory. This marked the culmination of over six months of work. The project aimed to provide people reaching retirement age with a directory they can use to search a list of regulated financial advisers who can help them plan for retirement. The project was split into […]

Contributing to Open Source Software Projects

This Saturday I participated in my first hackathon in Vienna, Austria. Along with roughly 60 other attendees we gathered for ROSSconf (Ruby Open Source Software Conference) in the fabulous Sektor5 offices to hear five speakers talk about the open source projects they are passionate about. They gave us an introduction to their project, and some […]

Bath Ruby Conference 2015

Friday, 13th March a small cadre of developers from the the Money Advice Service development team traveled to historic Bath to attend the first annual Bath Ruby conference. Organised by Simon Starr the conference was held in the beautiful chandelier-lit Assembly Rooms, generously donated to the conference by the Bath & North East Somerset Council. […]

A basic implementation of SVG sprites

As devices with high definition displays have become the norm the Money Advice Service development team has had to consider moving away from bitmap image formats to more flexible vector-based formats, such as scaleable vector graphics (SVG). However, the MAS website is required to support Internet Explorer 8 as part of our organisation’s browser matrix, […]

Speaking at RubyConfLT 2015 – Vilnius, Lithuania

Just a quick one! I’ll be speaking at Lithuania’s RubyConfLT, hosted in Vilnius just next week. So far it’s looking like another awesome lineup, and I’m honoured to represent the Money Advice Service as part of it. I hear it’s the first time this particular conference has invited international speakers too. So double honours. <3 […]

Open Source Inspiration at FOSDEM 2015

On 31 January I attended the Free and Open Source Developers’ European Meeting. FOSDEM is a collection of over 550 lectures, attended by over 5000 developers who have a passion for open-source software. Set in the Université Libre de Bruxelles which, astoundingly, provide the venue to the organisers free of charge, the conference runs over […]

Getting your stakeholders involved in agile processes

We recently launched the Your Money Advice blog, a companion website to the main Money Advice Service site with the aim to present content in a more conversational and accessible way. A notable difference with this project was that the key stakeholders attended the daily stand-ups, and there were some distinct benefits as a result. It allowed […]

Agile and Predictability

A post in my RSS feed caught my attention recently. It’s by James Shore, author of “The Art of Agile”. His post is in response to this conversation on an Agile mailing list, about whether Agile can help with predictability in software development. The conversation got me thinking… and here’s my perspective. There are two scenarios where […]