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George Wright George Wright | 17:38 UK time, Friday, 13 February 2009

Hi everyone. You're reading the first post on the new blog from the people working in RAD. We're a new, small team within BBC Future Media and Technology. I'm George Wright and I head up RAD. I have, and will continue to, blog on the main BBC Internet blog ( available here )

RAD works on near term prototypes, products and services across all digital platforms. We're part of a wider group encompassing Mobile, Audio and Music, and are based in London, W1. Our colleagues in Audio and Music already have an excellent blog at Radio Labs, as does the Journalism team, and we hope to emulate their approach to sharing new ideas and gain insight into your thoughts using the Web.

RAD completed recruitment and opened its doors in November 2008. We have a remit which stretches across all digital platforms and content areas, trying to help shape the BBC's thinking, encourage liaision with longer term research (both internally, within the BBC's fantastic R&D department, and externally, be it with academic partners, mainstream code releases or brand new startups), and release code and output which delivers new ways of tackling problems like distribution for AV content, service discovery, UI and UX for new platforms, and much more.

Whilst RAD was in gestation, we worked on new products and services, some of which have already been mentioned on the BBC's internet blog - our P2P-Next work, or the Ubuntu/ Totem collaboration. We'll be going into more detail about these releases on this blog.

We use agile methods to develop software. We've made some tweaks to the more formal ways of delivering using Scrum - lots of the people and companies we work with are external to the BBC, and so traditional physical standups won't work. We hope to share some of this thinking with you on here.

Our products are categorised into 3 phases - Alpha, Beta and Release Candidate. Very little of what we produce is designed for end users as a finished product, so we hope our categorisation lets you know what to expect. Alpha is the least fully formed - may barely run without crashing, but is functional and will provide learning. We'll explain these categories in more depth in a later blog.

We'll be posting fairly frequently to this blog, with a combination of code drops, new thinking, and general thoughts about our work.

George Wright runs the RAD (Rapid Application Development) team in BBC Future Media and Technology.


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