Platform API weeknotes, 29 April 2020

What is it?

The platform API project is part of an effort to separate the end-user interfaces, business logic and data of the various databases used by Hackney Council to deliver services to residents. 

What have we done?

After our workshop last week we planned a few wash-up tasks to develop the data model and specification for each of the platform APIs, in advance of the build phase starting. This went really well, and quickly. If you’re interested, you can look at a couple of them on Swagger.

Mirela, our lead developer, also did a high-level architecture diagram. With Ben and Humairaa she led a spike (a short technical investigation) on how to do test-driven development against a stub database. All this work will put us in a good position for starting development. 

At the end of our week, Emma, Louise, and Renny from our partners Made Tech joined the team and we had a kick-off meeting, which I’ll write about separately. From a personal point of view I am absolutely thrilled to be the delivery manager for a team that is majority women – out of seven developers, only two are men. This is a genuine first for me and frankly I want to see more of it. 

We temporarily said goodbye to Lisa, as she was needed for other work in Data & Insight. She’ll return to us in a couple of weeks for a few days to help us with the vulnerability indicators; a lot of this has fortunately been done already for our BI tool, but we need to deal with the fact that different databases describe the same indicator in different ways.

Our first sprint will be a day shorter than normal, as Tuesdays are the best days for the sprint events. In the first sprint we’ll focus on the foundations – and that’ll be the subject of next week’s note.

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