All about HexagonJS, our latest open source project

All about HexagonJS, our latest open source project

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Last weekend kicked off with an exciting announcement for my team: we’d just open sourced our HexagonJS project. We’re looking forward to contributions from outside the company, so here’s what it does and why, and we hope to see you getting involved soon. What is HexagonJS? A modular, themeable front end library for modern browsers. […]

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 […]

Why we’ve just opened our first Bulgarian office

Why we’ve just opened our first Bulgarian office

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Ocado Technology employs over 650 software engineers in the UK and Poland. We are intending to continue to grow that number significantly in both Poland and the UK in 2016. Our need for talented software developers is driven, in part, by our ambitious project to rewrite, from scratch, our end-to-end software platform to run in […]

An innovative approach to capture innovative ideas – Product Owner blog 3

An innovative approach to capture innovative ideas – Product Owner blog 3

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I find that people put an overwhelming focus on product innovation, but not necessarily on innovative approaches to capturing those novel ideas. With this in mind I decided to focus my efforts on finding a new way to stimulate idea creation for our team. I knew I wanted to actively pursue a 10x product, and […]

‘Has the robot uprising begun?’ Stuff Innovators panel discussion

‘Has the robot uprising begun?’ Stuff Innovators panel discussion

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Earlier this month I took part in a panel discussion on robotics at Stuff Innovators 2015. I shared the stage with Patrick Levy Rosenthal CEO of EmoShape, they produce a microchip for robots aimed at producing emotional responses, and Nicolas Boudot from Aldebaran, the company that developed a companion robot called Pepper (seen in the […]

What my parents think I do – an experiment in recruitment

What my parents think I do – an experiment in recruitment

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What would you say to a video from our employees about why they love their job? Something like, ‘well, they have to say that’ probably. We wanted to show off why our employees are so special and what they love about their jobs – i.e why you should want to work with them – in […]

Why we’ve open-sourced Code for Life

Why we’ve open-sourced Code for Life

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In the spirit of collaboration, we’ve open-sourced the game and portal of our free Code for Life education initiative. To give you a bit of background, Code for Life consists of free teaching resources, including lesson plans, videos, and the Rapid Router game. To play, pupils use basic programming principles to guide a van to […]

Why you should work in… Algorithm Development

Why you should work in… Algorithm Development

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My team researches, implements and analyses new automation mechanisms. We sit within the Simulation and Visualisation area and our focus is mainly on the company’s huge CFCs (Customer Fulfilment Centres – warehouses). Essentially, we create simulations that we then use as sandboxes to test out different control algorithms. This could be anything from really innovative […]

Why you should work in… Simulation Research

Why you should work in… Simulation Research

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My team builds simulations of physical systems. Our work falls into 3 categories: experimental, tactical, and operational. At the experimental end, we build simulations and design tools for new technologies and warehouse layouts, along with prototype control algorithms. Tactically, we try out proposed changes to our warehouse topologies in silico and perform ROI analysis. We […]

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