Monday, 3 February 2014

JFDI, Agile People

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has everything. Bunting and mascots. Cake and stickers (27'00"-27'20").

Everything except a corporate song.

Until now, when – thanks to the inspiration of Francis Maude's speech at Sprint 14 – that lacuna can at last be filled.

The lyrics below are now ready for beta release. An instance of song as a service (SaaS), it is based on a disco classic of 1978 which sold over 10 million copies when the world still had singles and, who knows, after a few more iterations, perhaps if GDS can sing it with enough gusto and enough pure mindless disco-style enjoyment, maybe they can add the equivalent iAccolade to their already groaning shelvesful of awards:


YMCA (© Victor Willis)


JFDI

Agile People

Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.

Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel ...

Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!

No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I'm sure they can help you today.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself cleaned, you can have a good meal,
You can do whatever you feel ...

Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so tight ...

That's when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There's a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... just go to the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?
Stand up, there's no need to sit down.
We say, stand up, get ourselves to the wall.
We say, stand up, 'cause we're in a new world
There's no need to have a meeting.

Users, they all have their own needs.
We say, users, time for discovery.
We can alpha, even beta test too
And then go live within budget.


It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.
It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.

We have everything, twenty-five exemplars,
We can cut code, we’re the world’s best ...

It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.
It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.

We can transform the world, make it transition now,
Without fail deliver the goods ...

Pivot, revolution is here
We say, pivot, paradigm shift has come
We say, pivot, Whitehall stand on your head.
All because of Martha Lane Fox


All code has to be open source
We use github, post-it notes and short sprints
And then dashboards, from our wow factory
There’s just nothing that can stop us

It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.
It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.

We have everything, twenty-five exemplars,
We can cut code, we’re the world’s best ...

It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.
It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.

We can transform the world, make it transition now,
Without fail deliver the goods ... 

G-Cloud, data under control.
IDAP surely, no-one doubts that it works.
We can route round any problems we find
Security convenience ...

We have bunting, and cake on Fridays,
We have mascots, stickers we had designed,
We use Apple so we always have fun
We’re all digital by default.

It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.
It's fun to iterate j-f-d-i.

We have everything, twenty-five exemplars,
We can cut code, we’re the world’s best ...

J-F-D-I ... just iterate it j-f-d-i.

Shout out, shout out, there's no need to write apps.
Stand up, stand up, with your mobile device.


J-f-d-i ... just iterate it j-f-d-i.

Shout out, shout out, there's no need to write apps.
Stand up, stand up, with your mobile device.


J-f-d-i ... just iterate j-f-d-i.

Recast, recast, for the coming new world
Whitehall, Whitehall, what do you wanna be?

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