The software routing 260,000 grocery deliveries a week

The software routing 260,000 grocery deliveries a week

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If you’re a computer science aficionado, you may be familiar with the travelling salesman problem: given a list of different cities and the distances between them, how can a salesman visit each city once using the shortest possible route and then end up back where he started. This is possibly the most popular example of […]

An insight into learning representations – ICLR 2017

An insight into learning representations – ICLR 2017

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I was pleased to discover that the topics discussed at this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR 2017) tie in closely with some of the key projects the 10x team are working on day-to-day at Ocado Technology. 10x focuses on creating transformational improvements that have the potential to revolutionise our business; this article offers […]

How to assemble a crack AI team

How to assemble a crack AI team

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Applied correctly, AI can revolutionize your business, help you streamline processes, create exciting new products, and fully harness the data at your disposal. So how do you go about setting up a team capable of turning raw data into new technology? What are the skills and types of people you need and where do you […]

Using GitLab for Android development

Using GitLab for Android development

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When I joined Ocado Technology a few years ago, we weren’t using anything like GitHub or GitLab. Being given access to GitLab was therefore a huge step forward for the mobile team. Previously, our approach consisted of many different tools: Jenkins for Continuous Integration Jira for task management Crucible for code reviews Gitolite repository for source control If you […]

Four reasons to be happy about the release of Kubernetes 1.7

Four reasons to be happy about the release of Kubernetes 1.7

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We’ve been keen advocates of Kubernetes since its inception, and the latest release has piqued our interest even more. As the container management system has been adopted in more production environments, it has continued to deliver significant improvements and upgrades, demonstrating that the Kubernetes community isn’t likely to become complacent anytime soon. Kubernetes was initially […]

Understanding and overcoming Impostor Syndrome

Understanding and overcoming Impostor Syndrome

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There is a huge irony in the writing of this post – I procrastinated over it for weeks, anxious that I didn’t possess enough knowledge or credibility to write about such a big topic. Then I came to the realisation: this was all the more reason for me to push past my reservations and write […]

What if there was no backlog?

What if there was no backlog?

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The biggest backlog I’ve ever come across contained around 3,500 items! I can’t imagine any product owner or team who could really understand what was in it. It got me thinking – why did it happen in the first place? One of the conclusions I drew was that product owners, not wanting to say ‘No’ […]

Analysing UX to give Code for Life a makeover

Analysing UX to give Code for Life a makeover

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Now the Code for Life initiative has reached the 100,000 registered users landmark and our bigger and better website is live, we thought we would take a look at how the team approached user research and the role this has played in our recent updates. Why bother with UX? A UI (user interface) designer decides […]

Backing up DynamoDB tables with Hippolyte – our open source solution

Backing up DynamoDB tables with Hippolyte – our open source solution

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Ocado Technology uses a wide range of Amazon AWS services for our day to day operations, as well as the microservices backbone powering our Ocado Smart Platform (OSP). We’re also heavy users of Amazon’s NoSQL database, DynamoDB. Having a fully managed database solution has allowed many development teams to get on with the work they […]

Ocado Technology and the GATEway Project organise UK’s first driverless grocery delivery

Ocado Technology and the GATEway Project organise UK’s first driverless grocery delivery

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Ocado Technology has concluded a very successful driverless grocery delivery trial in partnership with the GATEway Project, an £8 million research project led by TRL in collaboration with Oxbotica (the spin-out company from the Oxford Robotics Institute), Digital Greenwich, Telefonica and others. Over the past two weeks, the electric self-driving van, called CargoPod, has been hitting […]

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