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 […]

Ocado Technology releases major update to Code for Life website and teaching materials

Ocado Technology releases major update to Code for Life website and teaching materials

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“The kids love it! They all want to move onto the next level, they want to be further on than anyone else.” – Mandy, ICT teacher “You can hit all of the computing curriculum, in a structured way. It is perfect for teachers who are struggling.” – Rob, ICT teacher “When I came across Code […]

How big consumer brands can attract engineering talent

How big consumer brands can attract engineering talent

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Listen to more of Matt’s thoughts on effective recruitment in the tech sector on the latest Behind the Headlines podcast. Everything is tech. Tech is everything. I’ve been at Ocado for 15 years. We’re a retailer and a technology company. The two go hand-in-hand, although it’s safe to say that perceptions of our business are […]

Adding machine learning to the contact centre

Adding machine learning to the contact centre

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There has never been a better time to start using machine learning. In the last year, the momentum behind data science and its connected fields (artificial intelligence, big data, data analytics) has grown from strength to strength. We are now seeing a record number of companies developing AI-based solutions for a wide range of applications, […]

Improving the performance of the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

Improving the performance of the Ceph storage platform at Ocado Technology

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As any solution grows over time, there’s always the concern as to how it will perform, especially as the applications using it also increase in both number and size. Ceph has been designed to be a scale-out platform: as one adds more nodes to the solution, the performance increases accordingly. Due to the parallel way […]

Creating a distributed data centre architecture using Kubernetes and containers

Creating a distributed data centre architecture using Kubernetes and containers

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The seed for this project was first planted when a question was posed while brainstorming ideas around a whiteboard: What if we could break up our CFC’s  data centre into smaller nodes? If the CFC (Customer Fulfilment Centre) name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s what we call the highly automated warehouses where our groceries are […]

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