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mapping out services

a selection of Department for Work and Pensions

Last week, I had the intention of running a pages to pattern exercise across a number of Department for Work and Pensions front-end services (We had 10 in total, see photo).

This was to give the other front-end folk more exposure to the different services and a better idea of what parts they have to them, also this would help us establish any gaps between production code and our design patterns.

A few take-aways from doing this exercise -

  • I have terrible time keeping
  • People are very open in taking about the challenges they are facing on their service
  • Each service has quite a few common pages that are slightly different (Declaration, about you, end page)
  • How we talk about things are broadly the same elements, components and modules are broadly the same
  • sometimes the value isn’t from the actual exercise, but just talking through the problem with other people.

A few links -

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html & bacon

The ramblings of a front-end dev