Dave Johnson: introducing ‘Fed Talks’ and more on our mobile app

(Transcript) Dave Johnson: Hello, and welcome to this week’s Co-op Digital update.

You may have read our blog post last week about the mobile app that we’re building to allow our members to scan their phones at the till and view their balances and transactions.

We’ve spoken to our store colleagues and customers and our members who’ve highlighted that a digital membership card could provide value to our members. We’re building the first part of this new functionality to act as a platform to grow in the future and we’re going to test it with our colleagues first in the support centre here at Angel Square.

We have show and tells every other Thursday, so come and join us. They’re in the auditorium on the 6th floor at Federation House. The first one’s on the 10th August at 2pm.

We also held a ‘Fed talks’ session in Federation House this week. The theme was food and agriculture. Thanks to Lawrence Kitson for organising and for Shirley Sarker and Abby Rose from Wool for spending their time talking with our colleagues. Thank you.

The lower floors of Federation House are also coming along with the coffee shop, events spaces and meeting rooms – they’re all almost ready. If anyone would like a tour you can contact Victoria Howlett who will happily show both Co-op colleagues and anyone else who is interested the space at Federation.

In the last few weeks we’ve welcomed a few new faces to the Digital team. Paul D’Ambra has joined us as a software engineer and Hannah Horton joins us as a content designer.

Finally, congratulations to Karen Lindop who is now our Digital Head of Operations and also to Gail Lyon who has been acting in the role for sometime but is now our Head of Digital Engagement. Well done.

That’s it for this week, don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter. Thank you.

Dave Johnson
Director of Digital Engineering

Dave Johnson: an update on Co-op engineering and our AGM

(Transcript) Dave: Hello I’m Dave Johnson, I’m the Director of Digital Engineering here at the Co-op. This is our weekly digital blog and I’d like to share with you some of the progress we’ve made in the last week.

The Digital Engineering team, which I am responsible for, builds the foundations on which we build all our services and new digital products. We focus on architecture, cloud platforms, some new ways of working such as DevOps and we do that at scale so you’ll see our services across the whole of the Co-op.

This week is a really big week for the Co-op and for all our members. Our voting packs went out this week and if you’re an eligible member you’ll have received a pack to vote on the motions for our AGM which is on Saturday the 20th of May. We’d love
for you to join us and you’re welcome. But please remember to tick the box within those voting packs letting us know that you’re coming, so we can be ready, and we look forward to meeting you here in Manchester.

And we have some colleagues to celebrate this week too. Firstly, Sam Johnson. Sam is a new general manager of The Federation, our new tech hub that we built here in Manchester. Wendy Coello has also joined us. Wendy will be leading our member and colleague communications here at the Co-op. We’re also celebrating a big promotion: James Boardwell has been promoted to Head of User Research here at Co-op Digital. Well done James.

Finally, if you’d like to join Co-op Digital we continue to hire. The blog’s up to date and we’d love to hear from you.

Thank you.

Dave Johnson
Director of Engineering

Hello to Rob Bowley

This week we welcome Rob Bowley to CoopDigital as head of engineering. If you’ve been following our blog posts you’ll know that we’ve been working hard to build our digital engineering team and Rob will lead that newly formed community in CoopDigital.

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Rob spent many years as a software engineer before moving into leading and growing technology teams for fast-paced start up/high growth organisations. He has a long history of successfully practising and advocating agile/lean methodologies and is excited to be bringing his experience to the CoopDigital team.

After 15 years in London, we’re delighted that Rob and his family are moving to Manchester. You’ll hear more from Rob in the coming months on the blog.

Welcome Rob.

Dave Johnson
Director of Engineering

Local Community Fund

You may have heard about the changes to our Membership that Richard announced last week. If not then Alyson’s blog post tells you all you need to know. We’ve made a short video too.

Members will be able to choose a local charity to donate to. To make that work we’ve built a new service which went live on Friday.

http://www.coop.co.uk/localcommunityfund

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We built the service with our partners at ThoughtWorksBJSS and others.

ThoughtWorks have been leading our product delivery teams. We have co-located a multi-disciplinary team of product owners, designers, analysts, tech leads and software engineers who have iteratively built the product over recent months. We showcase every week and we’ll continue to develop the service over the summer, shipping often.

BJSS have built our continuous development platform, developer tooling and a number of Service API’s that connect our new digital services to existing Co-op ones.

We’re releasing the membership services in beta to our colleagues in the Support Centre in 1 Angel Square shortly and then a few weeks later to our 70,000 colleagues across the UK. This will allow us to test and learn with our colleagues, try some new things and then launch to our members in the Autumn.

We’ll keep blogging about what we’ve done and what we’ve learned. Let us know what you think.

Dave Johnson

For current digital engineering vacancies visit our careers site

We’re Hiring

We’re hiring user researchers, designers, product managers, delivery managers, service managers, service analysts, business analysts and engineers, lots of engineers…front end, back end, testing, operations and architects.

If you are motivated by values and pioneering new forms of co-operation using the internet at scale, by listening to and understanding the needs of real people then we’d love to hear from you.​

Follow the links below to apply, we’ll be adding many more roles each week.

Tom, Ben, Danielle, Jamie and Dave

Product Managers (applications now closed)
Delivery Managers (applications now closed)
Content Designers (applications now closed)
Head of Engineering (Applications now closed)

 

Go big or go home

Hello. I’m Dave Johnson, Director of Digital Engineering at the Co-op and one of the people Mike mentioned here. I’m @davej_leeds on Twitter.

30 days ago Mike, Mat, Tom, Russell and Ben joined the Co-op to lead the creation of fantastic digital services with co-op values. Our team of colleagues across the Co-op have been busy…the first 30 days looked like this…

  • Launch Co-op Digital Blog on day 1…done
  • Launch Slack across Digital Strategy teams…done
  • Lots more Slack channels in the pipeline…
  • Purchase team boards and post-its
  • Purchase more team boards and post-its…done
  • Bring the internet inside the Co-op — ambitious for the first 30 days but progress…social media now accessible…more to do
  • Bring co-op values to the internet — already there, build on that…

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  • Tool up……jira…confluence…github…jenkins…ansible…teraform…done!
  • Developer builds for MacBooks…done. You can read about Lee Murray’s experience of joining the Co-op digital team here
  • Buy some computers…
    • AWS – done
    • Azure – researching
    • Heroku – done
  • Digital platform sprints * 2
  • Show & tells * 2

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  • Product roadmaps * 1
  • Platform and infrastructure backlogs * 2
  • Interviews with world class digital talent * 2
    • Job offers made 2, accepted 2
  • Team drinks after work * 2

Day 31 –

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Our job is to lead and build a world-class digital engineering team at the Co-op, and then build fantastic new digital services with Co-op values. We’re starting at the heart with Membership, and we’ll grow quickly. We’ll need the best digital talent to do that.

Here at the Co-op things are changing. We’ve learnt. We’ve grown. We’ve invested in the things that matter to our customers. We’ve invested in Digital and we are working to make the Co-op a world-leading digital player. Our ambition is bold: to re-create the Co-op for a digital era, and demonstrate a different way of doing business for an increasingly connected community. With this transformation comes a lot of opportunity. As a result we are looking to recruit  a number of talented players within the Digital space. Developers, Engineers, Architects, Business Analysts, User Researchers and Product Managers are just a few of the positions available within our growing and innovative team.

If you want to get involved by playing a key role within our digital transformation, please get in touch with  Polly Haslam today.