Personal blogging by Steph Gray, former digital agency founder and erstwhile bureaucrat


Beating the bounds: a starter for ten

May 8, 2012

I really enjoyed a recent post by Tim Lloyd, head of digital at BIS, applying the principles of the ancient custom of ‘beating the bounds‘ to the process of managing a government department’s digital estate: Like those dignitaries beating the bounds, I don’t think it’s about owning every part of the estate, but it is…

The year of living helpfully

December 20, 2011

It’s been 18 months since I last walked the mean streets of Westminster as a civil servant. There are things I miss about the old lifestyle: having the scope to run with projects on the ‘inside’, being in the loop on the latest goings-on in government, and most of all, having a great team around me.…

How to kill off a brief

November 16, 2011

It’s one thing to run a pitch, compare proposals, pick one, and turn down the others. It’s sometimes hard on the losers, but people know where they stand: they tried, they didn’t get it. But sometimes it’s not as clear cut as that. Sometimes, you’re not quite sure what you want to buy, you chat…

The Emperor’s new clothes (and why it’s now OK to point)

August 1, 2011

Maybe Friday afternoons make people bolder. But I think there’s a longer-term shift happening. Last Friday, the ever-interesting insider @pubstrat published an interesting piece gently critiquing the new e-petitions service, arguing — rightly, I think — that requiring petitioners to specify the responsible central government Department for their issue is a step backwards: A solution…

24tips: visualising your strategy

December 21, 2010

21 Dec: digital strategies are meaty things to write, taking into account all the domains of digital and the ever changing environment in which it sits. Here’s a little visualisation I’ve used a couple of times now to help illustrate the direction of travel in a digital strategy: (click to enlarge) There are four key…