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 […]

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 […]

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