As of August 2019, we’ve changed the way that the co-funded development pool is managed. This page outlines how the pool operates and how participating agencies can get involved or stay up-to-date with progress.
Contractual information about the co-funded development pool can be found in the Lead Agency Agreement – Schedule 6, Section 9. The main principle is that outputs from the pool are beneficial to a cross-section of participating agencies.
The co-funded development pool is an aggregation of product development hours. These hours are funded in two ways:
The combined pool of hours is then used to resource product development that delivers features and enhancements to CWP, tailored to the needs of the New Zealand public sector.
The agreement states that the co-funded development pool is designed to be spent on:
In April 2019, the Lead Agency (Department of Internal Affairs) and SilverStripe agreed to adopt a modified approach to managing the co-funded development pool. This new approach allows the development pool to be focused on features and enhancements aligned with the Digital Experience Services Strategic Framework. This framework was developed through a co-design process led by DIA, featuring participating agencies, vendors, and research companies. The change came into effect in August 2019.
As previously, development progress will be reported to the CWP Steering Group and the CWP Operational Review Board, who convene every quarter.
Using the Digital Experience Services Strategic Framework as a reference, SilverStripe identifies potential feature and enhancement initiatives that align with the high-level capabilities required to deliver digital experiences for the NZ public sector. These initiatives are then presented to a working group comprised of agency representatives formed by DIA. Finally, with input from the working group, SilverStripe then selects a development initiative whose outcome will be beneficial to a broad cross-section of CWP participating agencies.
SilverStripe follows an agile methodology to deliver co-funded development initiatives:
In general, there are three ways:
Co-funded development initiatives involve discovery workshops, user testing, and pilots. We’re seeking more people to participate in the discovery and testing of the new features. If you belong to a Participating Agency and are interested in contributing to this work, then please contact Benn Crawford, Head of Product at SilverStripe. Please also feel free to share this information with colleagues at participating agencies.
Contact Benn Crawford: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: statements on this page do not apply to the Mini stack which does not have co-fund hours or picks.