Archive: 2016

Rapid Router game from Ocado gets a Christmas makeover

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

Ocado has employed the services of Santa and the world’s most famous red-nosed reindeer to help students improve their coding skills.

Winter scene in Rapid Router

Used by...

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Ocado Technology becomes 16-BIT Community Sponsor for Skills Matter

We are very excited to announce that Ocado Technology is now a 16-BIT Community Sponsor for Skills Matter. Over the past decade, Skills Matter has grown into Europe's largest community of coders and developers, gaining momentum in London’s thriving tech scene.

We are delighted we can count Ocado Technology as...

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Teaching robots to talk over 4G

When we were building the hardware architecture of the new warehouse in Andover, we realized we had developed a world first in radio design.

The new warehouse solution designed for our next generation of CFCs has thrown up lots of interesting technical challenges along the way. One of...

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Grocery retail looks to technology for future growth

A recent report from Kantar Worldpanel revealed that the global e-commerce grocery market has experienced a 15% growth in 2016 and is now worth over $48bn in sales. The research also showed that Great Britain is the world’s third largest market for grocery e-commerce, outstripping the United States by...

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Solving the challenges of robotic picking

The e-commerce market has been the growth engine of the retail environment, experiencing a 15% increase for grocery sales in 2015. One of the major challenges facing retailers is the ability to keep up with the fast growing demand coming from the online channels. This creates additional pressure on retail...

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How Ocado uses machine learning to improve customer service

Being the world’s largest online-only grocery supermarket with over 500,000 active customers means we get the opportunity to interact with people all across the UK on a daily basis. Ocado prides itself on offering the best customer service in the industry which is one of the many reasons why...

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How the Internet of Things is changing grocery retail

Although several analysts have recently downplayed their predictions for the consumer side of the Internet of Things market, IoT adoption in the enterprise segment is currently experiencing a boom.

One of the areas where IoT is set to make a huge impact is the online grocery retail...

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Ocado Technology talks data science at meetup in London

Last week Ocado Technology had the pleasure of being invited to speak at the Data Science Festival organized at Google’s London headquarters in Soho. I was very lucky to be among the 200+ participants in the audience and would like to share with you a few insights from the Data...

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Getting code reviews right (and why it matters)

These insights on how (and why) to do code reviews well are based on my own experiences.

Code reviews require a lot of different approaches depending on the situation, and it’s impossible to define them all. But while a completely definitive guide is probably impossible, with these recommendations, you should...

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Statistical testing in Google BigQuery

Some time ago I needed to schedule a weekly BigQuery job that involved some statistical testing. Normally I do all statistical work in R, but since our query scheduler wasn’t capable of talking to R I decided to try a pure BigQuery solution (rather than go through the hassle of...

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How we recruited our own manager

When we kicked off our Wrocław office we had only around 20 people, almost all developers, plus the head of the office. One day, the head came to us saying the office needed a development manager. Someone to help run the organisation, move us in the right directions, overcome obstacles,...

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The Goldilocks trial, or, how to get team sizes just right

Productivity and team size

What is the ideal team size? Many suggest seven people – give or take one. Small teams in my experience are more efficient and need less management oversight. Recently our Business Planning Systems (BPS) team reached 10 people. We started to experience a declining trend in...

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Code for Life World Tour part 1 – Poland

Poland is a beautiful country: great (and cheap) beer, pierogi, dragons and dwarves, castles, computer geeks… But something was missing: Code For Life volunteers!

A group of Code for Lifers from our Hatfield office have been visiting our international offices to spread the word about the initiative and drum...

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Why has a rainbow thrown up on my calendar?

Is there more to a PO’s work-life than meetings? Meetings are critical to my role: gathering requirements, progress updates, scrum meetings, department future and town hall sessions, validation sessions, one-to-ones, post mortems, Q&A sessions, regular catch-up sessions, and the list goes on...

This blog will shed some light on different...

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Playtime with the BBC micro:bit – getting to grips with new education technology

The BBC micro:bit is finally out! Last week I headed over to the University of Hertfordshire to have some fun programming it.

Mike Platt, from the university’s School of Education, was very welcoming and lent us some of the precious micro:bits to play with. There were around 10 teachers...

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Kanban tricks for solving problems fast

In October, my area within Ocado Technology undertook a radical transformation. Over the course of a single day we carried out an area-wide, self-selecting restructuring exercise. The team I now work in consists of six team members. None of us had worked together before. Although most of the other...

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Test your team with this communication skills game

Communication is important. Not just for a Product Owner, but the whole team. Especially if it’s not a collocated one.

Here is an excellent test for your team: a fun exercise that will uncover communication issues that nobody was aware of.


  • Time needed: 45 – 60 minutes (30...
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So you think you’re an expert? Role reversal will open your eyes.

My team designs tools for our delivery drivers. We were pretty confident we knew the challenges they faced and the solutions they needed. But what if we were wrong?

Here’s how we made sure our products actually make their lives better!

We started our research by shadowing users. All team...

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How to create team roadmaps – Product Owner blog 4

In this blog I’ll show you how to create simple, easy-to-follow roadmaps for the whole team to buy into (and stick to!).

My roadmap philosophy is ‘plan to achieve specified deliverables over a defined time period. This plan is dynamic, and goal and data driven (measurable)’.

A few key points:

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