Assurity’s William Knight and Nigel Charman will be speaking at the GOVIS 2014 Conference at Te Papa in Wellington on 19-20 June.
As the government network of NZ’s technology and information professionals in central government, GOVIS aims to foster discussion and sharing of all aspects of technology and information management.
The theme of this year’s Conference is Delivery@Pace focusing on the faster delivery of improved services without compromising quality and excessive increased costs.
William Knight, with Julien Thomas of NZ Customs, will be talking about SmartGate Plus, the next-generation, biometric-based customs e-gate successfully trialled at Auckland airport for three months last year. Software development took the small team five months with final acceptance testing delivered early, on budget and to unprecedented quality. William and Julien will describe why the project was so successful and how it seeded a foundation for rapid development in later projects.
Nigel Charman, with Tran Gilmour of the Ministry of Social Development, will speak on how the Web CYRAS platform introduced new ways of working for MSD’s Child, Youth and Family Applications Team. They were able to deliver high-quality work under pressure as a result of the foundations laid by collaborative specification, continuous testing and iterative deployment practices. The design-centred approach, backed by Lean principles, presented a number of benefits and challenges that required a cultural change.