The Big Agile UX Night! - with Paul and Gaurav

Feb 21, 2022 · Birmingham, United Kingdom

We will be welcoming two brilliants minds from the world of User Experience Design and User Research for February, doing 2 inspiring talks.

Paul Bailey (aka #DesignThinkingDad ) will be talking about Successful Digital Transformation within Government

Every year over 1.8 million practical driving tests are conducted in the UK.

This completely paper-based service had seen little change in over 25
years and was in desperate need of modernisation.

But with a user base reluctant to change and new to the technology, how
can you bring everyone along successfully with digital transformation?

Over the last 2 years as part of a multi-agency, co-located team, we’ve
been on a Human-Centred Design journey — our mission: to digitise and
improve and the UK’s Practical Driving Test Experience.

In this talk, I’ll share my insights including...
— why focussed user research, co-creation and continuous user
engagement, is the shortest route to delivering innovation
– what you need to do to successfully pass a Government Digital Services Assessment
— how Human-Centred Design adds ‘Oomph!’ to Agile and empowers
teams to stay laser focussed on user needs whilst delivering outcomes at
An I’ll explain how to design ‘for blind dinosaurs with sausage fingers.’

Gaurav will be talking to us about nurturing a culture of curiosity when learning about the people we’re designing for

About the speakers

Paul Bailey is Head of Design at SPARCK a global Design and Innovation consultancy. He's responsible for Design Practice in the UK, Portugal and the US.

As a Design consultant, he’s been working with teams to help create digital products and services for over 20 years and has created innovative solutions for some of the UK’s largest organisations and government departments.

But that only occupies his working week.

His real job and the thing that occupies the other 128 or so hours, is being a full-time human maker (he’s a father of 4.)

In this role as #DesignThinkingDad, he spends his time coming up with ingenious ways to edutain his kids. Helping them learn the 'Design Thinking' and 'Human' skills they’ll need to thrive during the digital revolution.

As well as co-hosting @NottsTechfast he’s a regular speaker on the value of Design and a passionate advocate for improving design literacy and problem-solving skills in early years education.




Gaurav Chander is an independent user research consultant. He has over 15-years of experience in a digital delivery and strategic advisory capacity. Formerly with Accenture and Capgemini, he has served multinational clients and the public sector.

The services that he has helped design and deliver have amassed well in excess of a million service transactions on GOV.UK

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Government Digital Service assessor. He can be reached on

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