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The key to the new Octopus data warehousing system is the ability to bring disparate data sources together. “With this new system,” says Carl Preston, Head of Business Intelligence, “we can draw links between sales efforts and any resulting new business created. Sales and Business Development can then know if a marketing event was successful or not."
Somehow, the no-tech sticky note has become a major tool in Labs’ project development. But what’s so magical about a simple square of one-sided sticky paper?
Along with access cheap red wine, the UK will see several of its economic privileges coming up for negotiation over the next two years. One of these is EU passporting rights, which were established to enable firms to do business freely across European Economic Area (EEA). Quite what these negotiations will mean for British businesses is yet to be determined, but that hasn’t stopped people preparing and forecasting for what’s to come.
Octopus Labs is all about customer experience, building online tools that are easy to use, and help people earn better rates by managing their own money. So, when Labs needed a new designer, they wanted to take a similar approach — use online tools to find the best candidates directly, without going through recruitment agencies.
From standing desks to Cycle-to-Work to spontaneous team push ups — people around Octopus Labs are finding new ways to keep in shape.
“The anonymous feedback is fascinating,” says Michael Hoy about the new employee engagement platform, OfficeVibe. “I encourage managers to try to read every piece, and respond constructively to get more information, particularly anything negative!”
Data becomes more meaningful when the people who generate it are the same ones analysing and interpreting it. But when individuals and departments don’t have basic database skills, all that beautiful, delicious data lays locked behind a closed door. To have at it, developers must be called upon. This takes time away from their focus on technology innovation and development.
We’re not talking fried dough pastries here. Donut is an app that operates within the Slack messaging system. Each week, it randomly pairs colleagues at Octopus, encouraging them to become “coffee buddies” by meeting in person for coffee. And, possibly, doughnuts.
Gareth stole men’s deodorant from Chloe. Sam’s copper head massager was nabbed by Cristina. Davide stole back the microscope phone lens he brought, only to have it stolen from him by Caroline. Jocelyn ended up with the snow globe of the nativity, while Caroline’s emoji mood board made the rounds until ultimately falling into Davide’s clutches. Chloe’s back scratcher got lost in all the shuffle. And somehow Rich ended up with nose hair clippers.
From MVP to Business as UsualWhen I joined my new job some months ago, we had nothing. Only 80% of an MVP was ready. We faced some insane deadlines, so we cut corners. There was absolutely no time for testing anything except the main core of the system we were building. So, how did we transition from successful MVP to a business as usual?