Weeknotes: Sprint 12/13

I have been back in the office for a few days so here is a quick update on what we have been up.

We had stacked up quite a few changes locally whilst I was off so part of the focus has been getting all these live and out to users. There probably a couple of item the team have been working on that I have missed but here are the highlights from the last couple of weeks.


All of our work around updating PDFs has now been completed so you should see a lot more consistency with these across the site. This includes a complete compendia PDF and the ability for our statistician to append additional tables to the back to help users now across all our content types where previously this had been limited.


We have implemented a solution using MathJax to allow us to render equations on the site. This is something we have been keen to get working for a while but needed a rethink in the way we planned to implement it.

Performance platform

A significant chuck of the past couple of sprints has been looking at getting our performance dashboard up and running. We are not quite in a position to share, partly due to a couple of last minute bugs but also while we wait for some live production data to populate the charts. We will be doing a separate post about that on here in the next week or so.

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User research

Our researchers have been busy looking at the next round of lab testing, reviewing our personas and extending these to some of our internal users.

We will be back on the road in London next Tuesday, 13 September (we still have slots at 11.15 and 15.45 – if you are interested and available to help, please contact Alison) and will be focused on  testing our recent changes to time series as well as validating some of the wider data journeys.

We will also be doing our annual user satisfaction survey soon and have a shorter, 2 question, survey coming out this week which is supporting some changes we are currently working on around how we ask for feedback on the site.

If you have any thoughts or comments on these changes or any other part of the site please do let us know by email, the comments on this blogpost or on Twitter to @ONSdigital.