Ocado Technology Adopts Lean and Agile Development Practices

Presented by

James Donkin, GM; Emily Page, Agile Coach; Lawrence Weetman, Software Engineer; Will Peck, Team Leader @ Ocado Technology

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Ocado may be most well-known as an online grocer, but its plan is to become a technology company – both in hardware and software, which is probably more than twice as hard as only doing software. Combining the two seems obvious for Ocado, since it runs a physical business rather than a virtual one – in that it has several huge warehouse across the country, all handling tens of thousands of individual grocery products and fulfilling hundreds of thousands of orders every month. Managing such a complex business requires software as well as hardware, much of which Ocado bought in from outside companies when it first started in 2000. Over time, Ocado found that it needed software and hardware that were not available on the market, so decided to develop the technology itself, which is what has led to this point where the company has a significant in-house tech team. So significant in fact that the company has launched Ocado Technology and Ocado Engineering as two separate business units, in addition to its core grocery business, which is still called Ocado.

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