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Keeping up to date with machine learning at Ocado

Keeping up to date with machine learning at Ocado

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Data science and machine learning are both incredibly fast-moving fields. Every year seems to bring new breakthroughs in algorithms as well as new tools to use them. There were over 2,000 machine learning papers submitted to Arxiv in a single month, which makes keeping up to date a daunting task, particularly in areas in which […]

Women in technology: creating a positive outlook

Women in technology: creating a positive outlook

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There are many women talking about their experiences in technology through mediums such as blogs, interviews, and Twitter. They often highlight issues relating to gender discrimination that women face in the industry every day. These are stories that need to be told, and it’s crucial that we continue to raise awareness in this space. However, […]

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 […]

8 great podcasts for technical craftsmanship

8 great podcasts for technical craftsmanship

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I’m sure you’ve heard it said many times before: technology is constantly changing. One of the ways I attempt to stay up to date is to listen to podcasts on my daily commute. I try to listen to a mixture of podcasts; some are very technical, some are designed for a general audience, and some […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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