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Ocado’s journey to the cloud using Amazon AWS

Ocado’s journey to the cloud using Amazon AWS

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Welcome to the Ocado Technology Webinars, where you can hear from the people building the ground-breaking, game-changing technology that powers Ocado, the world’s largest online-only grocery retailer. In this webinar Alex Howard Whitaker, cloud services engineer at Ocado Technology, talks about the challenges and opportunities involved in adopting a cloud-first strategy using Amazon AWS. Key […]

How we recruited our own manager

How we recruited our own manager

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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, and inspire people. He asked […]

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

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

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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 productivity, so we had to […]

Kanban tricks for solving problems fast

Kanban tricks for solving problems fast

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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 new teams decided to take on […]

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

How to work with teams not collocated – Product Owner blog 1

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As a Product Owner working with a team across two different countries, there are lots of problems to tackle to make sure projects run smoothly. In this series of blog posts, I will explore how my team and I have overcome issues. For a bit of background info, I’m based in Hatfield and my colleagues […]

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