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

Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day. It’s an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). 

Events in Manchester celebrating Ada

Emer Coleman, Gemma Cameron and myself are taking part in a number of events in Manchester over the next couple of weeks to celebrate Ada, everyone is welcome to join us.

Manchester Digital  Ada Lovelace Day – Fireside Chats
Tuesday 11th October

Ladies of Code at Autotrader – Mob programming with Clare Sudbery
Tuesday 18th October

Ada: The Empowered Technologist at ThoughtWorks
Thursday 20th October

Who was Ada Lovelace?

Ada was a writer and mathematician and is most famously noted for her work on Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine.

Babbage worked on the design of the engine itself (the hardware) and Ada on paper explaining what the engine did. Ada’s notes on the engine include what is now recognised as the first algorithm intended to be carried out by a machine –  what we now call software. Ada is often regarded as the first computer programmer.

Babbage had kept his thinking on his analytical engine to the analysis and output of numbers. Lovelace had expanded that thinking to the analysis and output of symbols. This meant that the machine could analyse and output words, music and pretty much anything and everything – the modern notion of universal computation.

Whilst neither lived to see their work become a the reality we know today, they had 100 years earlier anticipated the implications of modern computing.

Picture of Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage
Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage

An opportunity to celebrate diversity & teamwork

I also see the day as an opportunity to celebrate what can be achieved when individuals from very different backgrounds, generations and sexes come together and work as a team. Lovelace and Babbage are a great example of that.

As you celebrate Ada Lovelace Day this year, celebrate the achievements of women in STEM, but also celebrate what amazing things diverse teams can achieve when they work together.

Danielle Haugedal-Wilson
Business Architecture & Analysis

 

Delivery in engineering

I’ve recently joined the CoopDigital team where I’ll be heading up delivery for engineering. I’m currently supporting the teams getting our new membership  ready for public launch in the Autumn.

Picture of the team working on new Co-op Membership
Some of the team working on new Co-op Membership

As you can probably tell if you’ve been following our blog, you’ll see that we are growing our internal capability to ensure we can support new and existing businesses with digital expertise.

I’ve worked in digital since 2000, but in the last 6 years have specialised in Agile delivery for media or retail applications. Most recently I was part of a BBC team that transformed ways of working for some key TV and mobile applications to ensure that value was delivered incrementally, enhancing the end user experience and reducing waste in getting there. This involved smaller multidisciplinary teams that were product led with the end user at the heart of all prioritisation.

The team here is in it’s infancy but with some exciting work lining up and an open culture where continuous improvement is encouraged I am very excited about being part of the team that can help set this up for success.

If you’re interested in getting involved and helping to shape our Delivery culture why not have a look at our existing vacancies.

Anna Dick

We’re Hiring Again.

Dave and Polly recently talked about our how we’re looking for lots of talented digital people to join us  @CoopDigital.

We’re now looking for some more people to join Dave’s digital engineering team:

Service Manager
Service Analyst
Principal Engineer
Principal Developer
Principal Architect

Follow the links to find out more and apply. If you have any questions about any of the roles you can either comment on the blog or find us @CoopDigital.