SharePoint for Ministerial Government Department

This government department is at the forefront of the UK’s mission to help end extreme poverty around the world.

Africa sunset

The main priorities of the department are improving schooling, health, economic growth and access to safe drinking water in order to reduce aid dependency.

This ministerial department employs over 2,500 staff spread throughout offices in the UK and other locations around the world. The department works in countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East some of which include: Bangladesh, Burma, Ghana, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda.


  • Microsoft SharePoint Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Microsoft .NET
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Premium

Key challenges

  • Implementation of SharePoint 2010 Web Content Managed Intranet
  • Deliver technical SharePoint developer training to the department’s .NET developers
  • Mentor the in-house team and provide knowledge transfer where possible whilst implementing the solution
  • On-going support and consultancy


This ministerial government department approached Chess Digital to provide them with a new intranet developed in SharePoint 2010 to be used not only in the local UK offices but globally by the organisation.

Chess Digital's consultancy department deployed two full-time resources and a part-time project manager, on-site for three months, to deliver the project. A summary Technical Solution Design document was created to help the department visualise the solution and define the scope for the implementation by defining and documenting the requirements needed. The combined project team, the government department and Chess Digital's, used an agile development methodology.  This included daily SCRUM meetings, defined weekly ‘sprints’ and a weekly ‘show me’ meeting to feedback progress to the project team.

Chess Digital's consultants delivered one week’s SharePoint developer training to the department’s in-house developers, based in Bangladesh. In addition to the training, for the duration of the project, the consultants provided daily guidance and support to both the developers and project team.