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Bol’s journey in shifting left* and shifting right**: our Vision

As a company, bol has 25 years of growth, exciting challenges and changes behind its back. Its IT department is no different. Going from 10 to 170+ teams, from 10 to ~1400 applications, embarking on a DevOps journey in 2015, starting the shift to the Cloud in 2017 and going Product Led in 2022, the IT landscape and organisation changed drastically. And while the way we test, release and run our applications changed along the way, early 2021 we realised we need to step up our game when it comes to quality, testing and observability. We took a serious look at where we are in our journey of shifting left and shifting right and realised that besides a clear vision, we also need to focus on providing building blocks to our teams to realise it.

Bol’s journey in shifting left* and shifting right**: our Vision

Bol's Journey in Shifting Left and Shifting Right: Canary Releases

In our ongoing saga of bol's evolution towards excellence in software development, we've traversed the realms of shifting left and shifting right, each step guiding us closer to our ultimate goal: delivering unparalleled value to our customers. Today, our focus shifts RIGHT to the indispensable role of Canary Releases in our quest for innovation and reliability.

Bol's Journey in Shifting Left and Shifting Right: Canary Releases

Leading the way in UX research: “This role was completely mine to shape”

We’re talking to Elisa, bol’s very first UX Research Lead. With us, she shares stories about her journey, her future goals, ánd Continuous Interviewing – a successfully implemented program that now empowers several of bol’s product teams to regularly connect with their shoppers.

Leading the way in UX research: “This role was completely mine to shape”

Navigating chaotic times: forecasting amid the pandemic

Senior Data Scientist Eryk plays a crucial role in developing and maintaining forecasting projects, specializing in aggregated sales. We talk to him about his journey, facing a challenging pandemic, and being part of the data scientist community at bol.

Navigating chaotic times: forecasting amid the pandemic

How we built near real-time “X for you” recommender systems at Bol

At Bol, we have observed a significant increase in engagement and conversion rates since implementing a personalized product feed, prominently featured on customers' homepages as "Top deals for you". Building on this success, we have extended the feed to also include "Top picks for you," and "New for you". These personalized feed systems curate the most relevant items for each customer's homepage using a combination of their recent and historical item interactions.

How we built near real-time “X for you” recommender systems at Bol

Shaping the future of bol: “Our Design System helps speed up innovation.”

It’s been four years since bol started creating its own Design System. The main goal? To speed up innovation in a scalable way. Product Designer Rens and Product Manager Redmar share their insights into the development and construction of the ambitious project.

Shaping the future of bol: “Our Design System helps speed up innovation.”

Embracing change as a tech lead

When Product Tech Lead Pratishtha exchanged India for The Netherlands five years ago, she wasn’t driven by a job opportunity or a passion for cheese and clogs. She was looking for a change. “I wanted to truly immerse myself in an unknown culture, meet new people, and grow as an engineer and a person.

Embracing change as a tech lead

Tech, sports and teamwork

Self-proclaimed ´data nerd´ and Senior Data Scientist Bellamie seems to have truly found her place at bol. In addition to her full-time job, she is a top athlete ánd proud member of bol’s Women in Tech group. What drives her? “To me, it’s all about the people. Working together as a team, helping each other when necessary, and being able to make a difference – ultimately, that’s what I really enjoy above everything else.”

Tech, sports and teamwork

Navigating the Future: An Overview of Forecasting at bol

In today's fast-paced business landscape, accurate forecasting is crucial for informed decision-making. In this article, we'll take a high-level view of forecasting at bol, shedding light on the intricacies of our approach. Join us as we explain how we, as Team Forecasting, streamline the decision making process for various business teams. In particular, we will explain how we subdivided our team based on the aggregation level of the forecasts that we are working on.

Navigating the Future: An Overview of Forecasting at bol