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Week notes #49


View driving record – lots of my focus over the past few weeks has been assisting this team to get to their public beta.

It’s been a bit of a testing-fest with load, penetration and data quality testing going on. As the data from the driving records goes though a pretty complicated process to get to us, the DVLA testing team have been working hard to make sure we’re receiving and interpreting the data in the correct way. This work has been going on over the past few weekends, as well as testing the links to DWP/HMRC for our interim identity-assurance process.

The service was opened up to everyone at DVLA a couple of days before launch and we released to the public last week. The team will now take a bit of a breather before looking at what needs to be done to make the service “live”.

Vehicle management & personalised registrations – the teams have been working away to finish their alpha and get more information to let us proceed to beta. The team has also grown a bit so we can kick off the beta of vehicle management and start work on an alpha of personalised registrations online.

Vehicle enquiries - a new team has started over the last few weeks to start looking at providing new digital services for handling vehicle enquiries. This might include things such as a view vehicle record, making it easier for fleet companies to see everything about their cars and looking at some of the bulk data requests the DVLA gets.

Other things I’ve been involved in:

  • I spent some time working with the team at DfT running the HGV levy service for foreign operators. I’ve been helping them get the service to the point where it can go into beta and looking at a plan for future improvements.
  • Been involved in a few digital by default assessments
  • Spent time with the technical people from all the DVLA teams looking at how we can share components better to move us towards a more common infrastructure platform.
  • Helped out with the 2nd round of recruitment for HMRC’s new digital centre. I’ve been helping to interview for technical roles

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Week notes #45

DVLA all hands session

I started off the fortnight with 4 days in sunny Newcastle doing interviews for HMRC’s new digital centre. It’s always interesting sitting on the other side of an interview table, but these were somewhat unusual as we held them in hotel rooms. Luckily the hotel had replaced the beds with tables otherwise it could have […]

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Week notes #43

Vehicle tax & SORN – the team spent last week tidying things up and running tests with DVLA staff. They then launched the public beta on Thursday last week. Early counts suggest that nearly 5,000 people have taxed/SORNd their cars over the first few days using the beta. The team are now looking at the […]

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Week notes #41

Oliver Morley demoing View driving record at Sprint 14

Quite clearly I didn’t manage to keep up with my intention to publish my week notes regularly. As things became a little crazy before Christmas, these always ended up at the bottom of my prioritised list. I’m going to give them another go, but they’ll probably be shorter, but hopefully still interesting. So, recently… Vehicle […]

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Week notes #25-27

DVLA - tax disc show and tell. Photo from Julie Hendry

The last few weeks have involved lots of spinning plates. Two weeks ago GOV.UK reached one year old. We celebrated in the traditional way with blogs, cake and beer. Building out the new DVLA cloud infrastructure is ongoing. The View driving record team has started and completed the first stories focussed on Identity Assurance. There […]

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365 days later

Shipped a nation's website. No biggie.

A year ago today two of the government’s biggest websites, Directgov and Business Link, were switched off and GOV.UK became the official site for information and services. The last 12 months have flown by. It’s interesting to see how much the site has changed over the year as it continues to develop. It’s now the […]

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Week notes #22-24

Shoreditch Works Village Hall - Awesome Wall

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by one topic – infrastructure. As mentioned in my previous week notes, we’ve been designing and building out the production infrastructure for the View Driving Record service at DVLA. Lots of effort has gone into talking to suppliers, designing what we need and spinning it all up. […]

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Week notes #16-21


I’ve neglected my week notes for a little while so here is a condensed update covering week 16 to 21. Part of the reason for the lack of notes is that I took a couple of weeks off towards the end of August. I tried to avoid using my computer during these weeks and completely […]

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Week notes #14-15

It’s been another busy few weeks. Our big focus over these few weeks has been making sure absolutely everything we have to do before our public beta is included in our backlog. We’ve spent quite a bit of time with the dev team and lots of people at DVLA teasing out missing stories, converting ‘documents’ […]

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