FROM THE BLOG
British grocers are under attack. Again.
Hammered by price wars and changing shopping habits, British grocery giants continue to face heavy pressure. Disruptive new services continue to pop up left, right and centre - from HelloFresh and Pact coffee to Graze, meeting all your healthy snacking needs. And let's not even mention recent moves by Amazon. So how can the big, historic players get back in the game?
Senior Strategist Brett Thornton takes a closer look and argues the real answer lies in developing deep insight into customer outcomes - and not, as many supermarket CEOs would have it, focusing on 'core retail operations'.
Go slow to go fast: investing in quality upfront
According to Agile's core principles, creating working software is the primary measure of success. Sometimes, however, it's easy for teams - especially those in the early days of adopting Agile - to assume that just means shipping products quickly.
In this pithy introduction to continuous integration and its importance to a development team's long-term efficiency, Scrum Master Anna Fletcher Morris argues that speed without an upfront investment in quality is simply a false economy.
A beginner's guide to organisation design
The shape of things to come
As the internet of things starts to become real, the design of those 'things' becomes an increasingly exciting challenge. Tom Coates’ extended piece provides a smart take on establishing some early principles to follow. Not to mention a bit history on the design of the light switch...
How Amazon made Echo
Joshua Brustein has written an in-depth piece on the genesis of Amazon Echo for Bloomberg. With considerable access to the team who worked on it, the article provides as much of an interesting peek into Amazon's internal dynamics and culture as it does the process of making Echo itself.
Essential lessons from growing a product
Google's principles of mobile app design
Grab yourself a handy reference point with Google's newly published set of simple, well-illustrated design principles.