Kin and Carta

User Experience Research and Testing

Kin + Carta has deep expertise in qualitative/quantitative user research and user testing, using a variety of tools/methods to help you understand the user experience equation: users, tasks, needs, desired outcomes, constraints, platform and environment. Our evidence-based insights provide recommendations for designing and optimising user experiences.


  • Primary and secondary user research methods
  • Contextual and ethnographic research, lab-based user testing and guerrilla testing
  • In-the-moment and longitudinal studies
  • User testing participant recruitment
  • Stakeholder observation/participation
  • User experience audit, heuristic and expert evaluations for interaction/content
  • WCAG Accessibility evaluation and user testing
  • Competitor/parallel service benchmarking
  • Deep analysis, prioritised recommendations and insights
  • User analytics, heat-map/click-map analysis and data-based research


  • Supports user-centred design in Agile/Lean UX delivery
  • Inclusive and accessible user experiences
  • Deep understanding of user needs, desired outcomes, considerations and constraints
  • Actionable insights and recommendations
  • Test and improve usability, experience, desirability and interactions
  • Test and improve navigation, information architecture and visual design
  • Research for user-experience, business objectives and technical feasibility
  • Flexible teams
  • Collaboration driven up-skilling of your user experience team
  • User research and testing to meet Gov Service Standard


£380.00 a unit a day

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Kin and Carta James Davis
Telephone: 07914966898


Planning service
How the planning service works
We take a business and customer outcomes approach to understand the benefits and priorities for improving the existing product or service and for modernisation of existing services. We research the business, market, users and technology to understand the current-state, painpoints and opportunities for improvement. We assess business operations, looking for potential efficiencies, and assess the organisation's readiness and capabilities to adopt new practices and plan strategies for change and adoption.

To help you make the right technical choices, we assess cloud hosting suppliers for best-fit, including multi-cloud approaches. We model these on costs, business benefits, features, existing organisational adoption and experience and a variety of other non-functional requirements, drawing up a comparable options matrix with recommendations. We identify target state and prioritise a roadmap. We assess build/buy/modify and options that enable speed to value, whilst maintaining flexibility and reducing costs. We may run proof of concepts for architecturally risky considerations and plan further mitigation strategies. We may be able to provide immediate cost-savings through recommendations on minor adjustments and configuration. We will propose clear next-steps that will realise early benefits quickly, and rapidly validate a deeper cloud modernisation approach to deliver long-term value.
Planning service works with specific services


Training service provided
How the training service works
We work closely with our clients and partners to ensure that we’re not just delivering, but building capabilities and upskilling teams. As we identify training needs throughout our engagement, our highly experienced resources work closely with you to embed best practices, coach, and upskill digital teams. We ensure that the knowledge we gain through each phase of delivery is transferred to your team in accessible and re-usable formats, supported by 1-to-1-or-more knowledge transfer activities such as workshops or pairing. Our aim is to super-charge our clients’ capabilities so that the products and services we implement are able to be supported in a BAU capacity by our clients’ teams.
Training is tied to specific services

Setup and migration

Setup or migration service available
How the setup or migration service works
We support a wide range of scenarios: - Migration from legacy on-prem technology estates to cloud - Migration between cloud services - Modernisation and evolution of services currently hosted on cloud - Multi-cloud deployments - Migration to new hosting strategies such as containers, cloud-functions.

During the discovery phase, we conduct a detailed analysis of the existing technology estate, relevant to the service being designed or modified. As requirements for the service emerge, our team begin to deliver an evolutionary architecture strategy. As part of this strategy, the team make recommendations on the to-be architecture and, where appropriate, develop a migration plan for existing data and services. Aligning with your cloud strategy, our team performs a detailed assessment and recommendation of cloud technologies and platform services, that will meet the long term needs and outcomes of the service. Through architecture elaboration, the team will consider the needs of dependent technology in context of the future plans for the service.

We have deep experience and partnerships with Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, VMWare Tanzu and Amazon Web Services, and have led cloud infrastructure design, microservice modernisation, cloud native and DevOps practice transformations for some of the world's biggest enterprise organisations.
Setup or migration service is for specific cloud services

Quality assurance and performance testing

Quality assurance and performance testing service
How the quality assurance and performance testing works
We take an integrated approach to delivering quality. Every member of our cross-functional teams is involved - from Product Owners and Strategists to Designers, Developers and Testers. We believe quality requires high standards and attention to detail at every stage of delivery, and a range of tools and techniques. Throughout our iterative development process, we continuously apply a range of testing techniques and methodologies covering behavioural, functional, exploratory, regression, performance, security, usability and accessibility. These are applied on both a manual and automated basis. Test automation is not treated as a siloed discipline but a capability spread across engineers of all disciplines. This allows us to build automated tests in at the right level (unit, integration, snapshot, api, UI, performance and end to end) as we build software. We design our cloud based solutions on a principle of high observability, ensuring techniques such as automated logging, reporting and alerting are configured based on well defined KPIs.

Security testing

Security services
Security services type
  • Security strategy
  • Security design
  • Security testing
Certified security testers
Security testing certifications
  • Cyber Scheme

Ongoing support

Ongoing support service
Types of service supported
Hosting or software provided by a third-party organisation
How the support service works
We support cloud platforms and products with technical support at 2nd and 3rd line, up to 24/7, using both in-team DevOps enabled roles and dedicated service desks.

As we work with your team to discover, define and develop your cloud products and services, considering the long-term plan for operation and support will be key in achieving its outcomes and meeting organisational service resilience standards. We can play various roles in support; from advising on the appropriate operating model to ensure service resilience, training your existing support function, through to putting in place dedicated teams with well defined SLAs to execute on the model.

As the product or service evolves towards live, our team will work with your product and operational leaders to ensure that there is clarity in the desired operational KPIs, and the operational model through which it will run. This will inform a clear set of functional and non-functional requirements that ensure the service is built with resilience and operation in mind.

Service scope

Service constraints
There are no significant constraints within the context of this service offering.

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Yes, at extra cost
Support response times
Typical SLA response times:
P1 (Critical) - 15 mins response, 1 hr target resolution
P2 (High) - 30 mins response, 4 hour target resolution
P3 (Medium) - 3 hour response, 8 hour target resolution
P4 (Low) 5 hours response, 16 hours target resolution
P5 (Change) - 8 hour response, resolution at next scheduled release, case by case
Out of hours is available - SLA agreed based on needs.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Online ticketing support accessibility
WCAG 2.1 AA or EN 301 549
Phone support
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
Support levels
Kin + Carta operates a support service desk that can work to agreed SLA terms. Our standard support service operates during normal UK business hours, with the option for extended hours or complete 24/7/365 where required. We operate with standard response and resolution times built into an SLA, operating a tierd support structure. The terms of the SLA can be bespoke depending on the requirements of the service. In addition to service desk engineers and 2nd/3rd line engineers, we also include a Service Manager who has operational responsibility for the overall service.


Supplier type
Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold
Microsoft Office, Dynamics, Azure, AWS, GCP, G-Suite, Optimizely, Full Story

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
ISO 28000:2007 certification
CSA STAR certification
PCI certification
Cyber essentials
Cyber essentials plus
Other security certifications

Social Value

Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity Kin+Carta recognises that there are significant skills shortages in DDaT generally in the UK, across all geographies - in addition, the tech sector is not a diverse industry, with many underrepresented groups including women, people of colour, and those with a disability. To help address this issue we launched a comprehensive IDEA (inclusion, diversity, equity and awareness) programme in July 2020, with the goal for our business to be as representative as the communities in which we work (London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh). This involved a review of our recruitment and progression processes and resulted in increased focus on hiring from underrepresented groups, and additional assistance with career development progression for underrepresented groups. Through this contract, we would continue our efforts to address skills shortages and provide employment, development and progression opportunities for underrepresented groups in our sector, through offering work experience, our internship programme and skills development training. We currently have robust training programmes across our departments including on-the-job coaching, as well as initiatives such as women leadership and BAME accelerator programmes. In 2022, as part of the K&C Academy, we will be supporting a minimum of 10 funded technical apprenticeships. Our academy will train and educate new employees to become the developers and engineers of the future. We will be implementing further programmes including: - Junior talent accelerator programme, which sees junior talent from all backgrounds hired into the business and led through an intensive training programme; - Multiple learning paths programme for more experienced people; - Partner certification programmes in Google, Microsoft and Amazon; - Leadership development including leadership team coaching.


£380.00 a unit a day
Discount for educational organisations

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