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Reflections of a new Powershop software development manager

Hi, I’m Emma and I’m a software development manager with the team here at Powershop. My role is a little different around here compared to the technical focus of developers. I am one month in and would like to give you a fresh insider’s glimpse into this special place. What does that look like in practice? What impact does it have on how people work? I have condensed these into five things that have resonated with me in these first weeks. I’ve been a Powershop customer for five years. I hadn’t previously been excited about electricity, let alone paying for said electricity. A colleague had recommended Powershop when I moved house. Everything was suspiciously easy and awesome. My interest as a conscious consumer grew into a professional interest in following years: their mobile app kicked ass; they did fun, playful, smart things in the tech community; people smiled with their eyes when they talked about working at Powershop. Something […]

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Getting Ship Done

At Powershop we’re always looking for ways to learn and to improve our software delivery practices. Recently we’ve been focussing on Agile practices that lead to the consistent delivery of value by the end of each sprint. We’ve been implementing practices and techniques in the following areas: small user stories pair programming visible work spaces shared responsibility across the team This post will detail some specific examples of changes we’ve made and the effect the changes have had. Small stories We’re using effective ways to split user stories as our stories are still bigger than they ideally should be. Agile-for-all has a really practical resource for splitting stories here. Recently a 20 point story made it to one of the team’s sprint planning meetings. The team worked with their product owner to split the original story into two stories sized at 13 and 5. The PO identified the 13 point story as offering more value, […]