In week 29, Martin took a trip to the river Rhine to the city of Boppard to participate in the autumn conference of NExT, the German public sector community of practice network. In his weeknote, he reflects on the community, its formats, topics and the conversations he had at the event.
In his reflections for week 28 at the Digital Service, Martin writes about poster culture, an OECD call he attended and why tiny stickers are good indicators of a healthy culture.
In week 27 at the Digital Service, Martin travelled to London for the ‘Leading Design’ conference. In this week’s note, he digests some of the content, ideas and approaches presented there.
Getting close to finishing his first 6 months at the Digital Service, Martin recaps the last week of October and various capability-related sessions he participated in and co-ran.
Martin was busy helping with the Digital Service’s fellowship programmes closing event that wrapped up the Tech4Germany and Work4Germany projects of 2022. He also participated in a cross-government gathering of people looking after the Federal government’s style guide.
In his 24th week at the Digital Service, Martin went to the city of Freiburg in southwest Germany to co-deliver a talk on levels of transformation and co-run two workshops on product vs project management.
In the first week of October, Martin spent time contemplating brands and branding the German public sector and in the context of public service journeys. He looked at GOV.UK work for inspiration and reference. A member of his team went to speak at a meet-up about designing public services that work for all.
Martin spent week 22 mostly in trains across Europe. In between, he had exchanges with international colleagues in Paris and Edinburgh. He talked about his work at a seminar organised by the French government and co-ran a workshop on design maturity at a service design conference.
At Service Design Drinks Berlin, Sabrina Feuerherd, designer at the DigitalService, talked about making public services better through digital-ready legislation.
In week 21, Martin ran the design team’s first away day, packed with workshops, exercises and discussions. He also went to the Service Design Drinks Berlin, where his colleague Sabrina presented policy design work.