The data-driven approach to supporting products with KPIs and OKRs – Podcast

    Supporting products with KPI’s and OKR’s We had previous episodes on how bol.com is moving to a product organization. In this one, we’ll dive into how to measure the success of these products and set objectives for them. Including measuring whether we are getting the desired results. Being the data-driven company that we want to be we asked our data people to help us to get the right KPI’s for all our product and support the products in defining proper OKR’s. Data availability should never be an excuse to not…

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    Data Maturity and Data Literacy – Podcast

    Data Maturity Model as common ground, Data Literacy Model to measure the level of speaking, writing and reading data To state as a company we want to become more data-driven is the first step. To truly understand what this means and define a common ground to discuss the progress is the second. Back in the eighties, the Capability Maturity Model was defined to develop and refine software development processes. Later on, many more Maturity Models were introduced like the Business Maturity Model, the Lean Maturity Model and Agile Maturity Model.…

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    Using Elasticsearch as the Primary Data Store

    The biggest e-commerce company in the Netherlands and Belgium, bol.com, set out on a 4 year journey to rethink and rebuild their entire ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) pipeline, that has been cooking up the data used by its search engine since the dawn of time.

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    2021 Wrapped – Podcast

    This episode is 2021 Techlab Wrapped. Inspired by one of the platforms that host our podcast Spotify. It is the end of Season 3 and the end of 2021. Time to look back and to look ahead. 2021 Wrapped and maybe a glimpse into 2022. What the episode covers We look back at 2021 by the numbers. Top 3 lists Top 5 countries We discuss the topics and episodes that really got us. For instance the one on Log4j and the PMC member who is working in bol.com. We share…

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    The hyped, happening and happened front end frameworks and web APIs @ bol.com

    We asked 25 developers, five tech leads and someone “who does unspeakable things with technology” – more commonly known as our principle tech lead which technologies (tools, libraries, language or frameworks) they believe are hyped, happening or happened: hyped – which new technologies are you eager to learn more about this year? happening – are there any exciting technologies you used last year that we should learn this year? happened – did you walk away from any technologies last year? This is what we got back: This blog post, which…

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    The Podcast Guest – Podcast

    Who is the Podcast Guest? This will be a bonus episode. Maybe not that tech-related but instead you will listen to a very energetic, passionate and inspiring person: The Podcast Guest. Who knows a lot about asking the right questions and working in teams. And following one of the topics of our last episode, a lot of curiosity is involved. We invited the Podcast Guest (de podcastgast), or actually, he invited himself… His goal is to join 100 different podcasts in 2021. And he is very enthusiastic about his goal.…

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    Empowering autonomous experimentation in a scaling enterprise

    Introduction Like living organisms, companies need to learn and adapt to an ever-changing ecosystem. As a result of that, we are witnessing a paradigm shift in which domain experts are originating important innovations. They are product managers, engineers, analysts, data scientists rather than C-level executives, who still have the important job of facilitating this huge process. Within bol.com we call this paradigm “Product Organization” and this is shaping our way of working for the next few years. A “Product Organization” consists of a cross-functional structure of product teams. Every team…

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    Software Testing at bol.com

    Testing has been in an accelerated evolution over the last decade. Due to the fact that different practices — like Continuous Integration and Delivery, DevOps, and Agile — have shifted and refined at a rapid pace.

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    Rapid Software Testing: A walk on the wild side

    James Bach recently ran a Rapid Software Testing (RST) workshop at bol.com and I was fortunate enough to participate in this engaging and informative three-day event. Bach is regarded by many as one of the thought leaders who reshaped the testing industry within the modern software development landscape (alongside Michael Bolton).

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    Ladies that UX Utrecht take over bol.com

    Last Wednesday we had an inspiring evening at bol.com. We held Ladies that UX Utrecht meetup as part of our bol.com campaign Women in Tech*. Ladies that UX Utrecht is an existing group that brings together women that have passion for User Experience Design, tech and digital, positively promoting and teaching each other. They gladly brought two uplifting presentations to the 45 people in the audience. Before it everybody enjoyed a nice dinner and got prepared for what was coming after.

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    Big, bigger, scalable

    At bol.com we service millions of products to millions of customers, resulting in billions of pages each year. We want to create the most effective service to our visitors we possibly can. So we spent a lot of time preparing the content, monitoring the systems and analyzing how we can support our customers better in finding what they really want.

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