We upskilled the team at the Legal Aid Agency as it migrated to the public cloud.
The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) wanted to build modern software capabilities in a team usually tasked with maintaining legacy applications in the Legal Aid Agency (LAA). The LAA was preparing to modernise legacy applications and hand over responsibility for some cloud-based applications to this team, so needed to prepare it for change.
The technology skills enablement began with a small Made Tech team going onsite at the LAA to interview staff and observe working practices. During this time, we mapped capabilities and skills throughout the team, producing a skills matrix for every individual team member.
From here, we defined a new set of technology standards with LAA developers. We also helped restructure delivery teams so every individual was in a single team with valuable delivery goals. The Made Tech team then distributed themselves across these newly formed LAA teams, providing hands-on coaching and direction over the course of 6 months.
To date, we have trained 40 LAA team members in modern technology capabilities and ways of working. These include agile practices and a range of new languages, tools and processes, which have transformed how the agency delivers digital services.
40 LAA team members upskilled
Agency restructured to improve tech approach
Teams restructured for agile ways of working
"We want to build a deeply skilled digital and technology team and will achieve this by establishing strong digital professions based on the Government Digital Service (GDS) Digital, Data and Technology capability framework."
MoJ digital and technology strategy, November 2019
Over 6 months, we embedded new languages, tools and ways of working.
Ruby Python, GitHub and AWS
Pair programming, code reviews, showcases and retrospectives
Continuous Integration / Continuous Delivery
High speed iteration and fast product delivery