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Is your data science team ready for an emergency?

Is your data science team ready for an emergency?

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The story of how to quickly check your team’s practices while having a lot of fun. How do firefighters assess their readiness for an emergency situation? How do they ensure that everyone knows what to do in case of a fire? The best way to check this is to organise maneuvers similar to a real […]

The art (and game) of introducing yourself to a new team

The art (and game) of introducing yourself to a new team

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Recently I took the difficult personal decision to move from the business domain where I had been for over six years since graduation – Supply Chain – and into the technology, systems and completely different domain of Payroll. Everyone around me has been hugely supportive in this self-learning exercise and my new team leader put […]

Make your retrospectives fun with these games

Make your retrospectives fun with these games

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In my team we conduct a retrospective every two weeks. On each occasion, we try to keep things fresh and stop the same format from killing our ability to spot and discuss a growing problem. We were inspired by a paper on rotational cleaning and how regularly changing your cleaning process avoids bacteria strains resistant […]

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 […]

Test your team with this communication skills game

Test your team with this communication skills game

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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. Setup: Time needed: 45 – 60 minutes (30 minutes for the exercise + time […]

So you think you’re an expert? Role reversal will open your eyes.

So you think you’re an expert? Role reversal will open your eyes.

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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 members spent a whole day […]

How to create team roadmaps – Product Owner blog 4

How to create team roadmaps – Product Owner blog 4

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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: My roadmap is NOT completed […]

Want to improve your product? Stop coding.

Want to improve your product? Stop coding.

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We all know that what developers want to do with their time is write code, but in Logistics Planning we took a whole week away from that. So why? And was it really worth it? I began working for Ocado Technology in October. In this short time we have moved from basic principles to build […]

Why you should work in… Supply Chain Systems

Why you should work in… Supply Chain Systems

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You know when you get your internet shopping delivered and it doesn’t have a key product, and even worse, it has been substituted for an item that you will never use? Well that is what can happen when Supply Chain Systems go wrong. Do you know why Ocado has industry leading levels of order accuracy […]

Self selection – how to restructure your team for greater autonomy

Self selection – how to restructure your team for greater autonomy

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One of our largest areas recently undertook a revolutionary self-selecting restructuring exercise, the goal being a complete split between teams working on two different propositions. The overall aim of this split is to achieve greater alignment, autonomy and purpose. Following the principle that a collaborative and distributed approach is often the best way to solve […]

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