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GOV.UK best links: agile, show and tell, and the birth of Maslow

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This round-up provides links to blog posts and other sites that are particularly useful during transition.


In addition to user needs, agile project management runs at the core of the GDS approach to programme delivery. At GDS, agile is used for more than just software delivery: it is used to manage all programmes.

Agile can mean many different things to different people. The Government Service Design Manual is a fantastic resource to explore our approach to agile, starting with a great introduction by product manager Roo Reynolds.

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The Inside GOV.UK blog is the best place to find information on the latest site developments in the department and policy section of GOV.UK product developments. This sprint’s post contains details of the 7 items contained in the current work.

This includes changes to the organisation page to make it clear to users which are already live on GOV.UK, which are moving over, and which will always have separate websites.

Maslow is born

In the early days of the GOV.UK, the Needotron was created to capture user needs, shaping the content to be included on the new site. The next generation user needs performance management tool has arrived: Maslow.

Borrowing from the name of the great mid-20th century psychologist who created the hierarchy of needs, this tool will allow GDS to capture all user needs in a consistent fashion and in one place. Associate Product Manager Lisa Scott talks about the new tool on the Inside GOV.UK blog. In the near future, agencies will start using Maslow to record their user needs.

Keeping up to date with transition news

Our next post on best links will be coming your way in 2 weeks’ time. As always, if you want to raise questions with the transition team, you can also email us at


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