Scruffiness Privilege

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Web Developer with a job (has a great big beard). Web Developer without a job (is clean shaven).

When I was at school, we had to wear a uniform. Black trousers, white shirt, brown blazer, brown tie. Coincidentally, it was more-or-less the same uniform as the local supermarket. On the last day of school, I ripped off my tie and vowed never to wear one again. And, aside from the occasional wedding and… Continue reading →

Weeknotes - hello #NHSX

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NHSX Twitter Feed.

This is what I've been working on in my new job: Big welcome to @NHSX - harnessing technology to deliver for patients https://t.co/4apSRvcerh — Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) February 19, 2019 Hello, World!https://t.co/IthZjHo9Yq — NHSX (@NHSX) February 19, 2019 BOOM! With a fancy announcement in the House of Commons and everything! It has been a lot… Continue reading →

Every Acronym I've Learned This Fortnight

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

Previously on "The Terence Eden Adventures!" I have a new job. I am a bit scared by my new job. This week - WTF? OMG? BBQ??? I've been working for DHSC (Department of Health and Social Care) for two weeks. I've made a list of every single new acronym that I've heard. Here it is:… Continue reading →

Weeknotes - Leaving The Comfort Zone

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A chair specifically designed to but awkward - it has a bowed seat and leans forward at an uncomfortable angle.

What kind of utter muppet leaves their comfort zone? It's comfortable! That's the whole flipping point! If someone said "do you want to stay on the comfy sofa or would you rather change over to a really painful chair?" - how would you reply? The Department of Health and Social Care have stolen me away… Continue reading →

Plot twist!

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Doctor Who holding a glowing key

A mysterious woman, with a non-London accent and blonde hair, reached out her hand. She asked me a simple, yet terrifying, question - "Do you want to come on an adventure?" Sadly, Hadley Beeman does not have a TARDIS (Well, as far as any of us can tell...). What she does have is an interesting… Continue reading →

Week Notes - Two Years at GDS

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As of today, I've been employed by GDS for two years. Time for some reflections. The Big Working for the government isn't much different from working for a large business. I know people harp on about the inefficiency of the public sector - I can only assume those people haven't seen how much money FTSE100… Continue reading →

Please don't print this weeknote

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Terence Eden standing outside Number 10 Downing Street.

I asked a question in a meeting a few days ago. "What if we just banned Civil Servants from printing anything?" To be clear, this wasn't an entirely serious proposal. But it's how I like to frame a discussion about available option when making a decision: Can we just stop doing this thing? What if… Continue reading →

Week Notes - Sick Note

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Bleugh! After an amazing time at #EMFcamp, I succumbed to the post-festival lurgy. So this week is mostly brought to you by Vick Vapour Rub and Kleenex 🤧 🤧 🤧 Presenting I was honoured to be asked to visit the National Archives in Kew to talk about AI strategy. The whole event was streamed and… Continue reading →

Week Notes 5

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Terence Eden speaking at a conference.

Short week! Monday was a bank holiday (mostly recovering from my mate Pete's wedding) and Friday was off to EMF Camp. But, I managed to get some work done! LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE! And the accompanying blog post NHS Majority of my time spend on helping run a design sprint for improving some NHS processes with… Continue reading →

Weeknotes 4

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Terence Eden speaking at a conference.

Welcome back! These are my brief thoughts on what I've been working on this week. Work Blogging! I've written two new blog posts for GDS. I love blogging - but I sometimes shy away from doing it for work. I naïvely think I write practically perfect prose - and then a team of brilliant editors… Continue reading →