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Episode 4: How to hire in a world where unicorns don’t exist

Episode 4: How to hire in a world where unicorns don’t exist

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Following on from the last episode of Pi & Mash, we’re mixing things up, turning the tables around and taking a look at how technology companies can ensure their teams have all the skills needed to stay at the cutting edge of innovation. We’ll also myth-bust the idea of the ever-elusive unicorn candidate and find […]

Events lie in the eye of the beholder

Events lie in the eye of the beholder

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“Man is affected, not by events, but by the view he takes of them.” – Epictetus My last two blogs examined how external factors influence how we view decisions and then showed how even the conscious visual image we end up with has been distorted by our preconscious mind. Now, I’d like to continue looking at […]

Everything you see is a lie

Everything you see is a lie

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“In this world nothing can be certain, except death and paying taxes.” ~ Benjamin Franklin Of course, the above quote isn’t entirely true. The force of gravity holding us to this planet we would hope is pretty certain. Most of us probably also believe the world around us is pretty certain. I am not trying to […]

Contextual biases – why nothing exists in isolation

Contextual biases – why nothing exists in isolation

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I’ve been at Ocado Technology for around a year, and one of the things I was brought in to do was to spread my knowledge of psychology. To that end, I’ve decided to set myself a challenge to start writing blog articles that highlight interesting psychological research and case studies, offering an insight into the […]

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging

If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging

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I studied a module at university called Problem Solving, aimed at mathematical thinkers, specifically those considering a career in teaching. The course was designed to teach us how to observe ourselves while solving mathematical problems; to tackle challenging problems later or, from the teaching perspective, help others understand their own problem-solving behaviour. Observing yourself solving […]

My 8 steps to beating ‘new Product Owner’ impostor syndrome… almost

My 8 steps to beating ‘new Product Owner’ impostor syndrome… almost

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For over a decade now, my career has focused around understanding what customers are trying to achieve, and working with development teams to produce products and tools that make achieving these things easier for customers. That’s nearly a third of my life. And yet in spite of this, that nagging feeling that maybe I’m just […]

Looking back over this year’s internship programme

Looking back over this year’s internship programme

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And a glimpse of what next year may hold! The annual intern fair is a firm favourite in the Ocado Technology calendar, and with the broad selection of projects ranging from MMO game design, to robotic simulation, to interactive product roadmaps, who can blame us? Our longstanding internship programme has been a fantastic success over […]

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 […]

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