Emily Page is a Catalyst at Ocado Technology. With a passion for people, culture and science, she helps the organisation design and implement smart experiments, and coaches teams in agile & lean principles. Before joining Ocado she was a Project Manager, then Agile Coach, for Tesco Technology. Emily loves singing, reading, the countryside, and hanging out with friends – preferably around a good board game!
Building Trust: developing peer-to-peer feedback in tech teams
A Case Study from Ocado Technology
Almost all of us find it hard to give and receive feedback in a timely and constructive manner. Yet we also know that feedback can help us improve what we do – and how we do it. It’s not easy – retrospectives often become task or process focused, while one-to-ones or reviews are often based purely on a line manager’s opinion and fail to truly support development…
Ocado Tech had already worked on defining and refining their values. Now, they felt it crucial to start building a culture of rich peer-to-peer feedback, as a vehicle both for individual personal development and for trust and effectiveness across the organisation.
Their collaborative and experimental approach put the tech teams at the heart of the process – ensuring that they developed the tools and skills that worked for their unique needs and culture.
In this talk, the Catalyst team share the full story – the failures and dead-end experiments as well as the wins and encouragements. For any individual or team who has tried to improve how they work, this talk is a clear, honest account of building trust and improving collaboration through feedback.
Key points and outcomes:
– From tech skills to personal values
– Defining the behaviours we value
– Getting away from the metrics game
– Building high trust in process
– Experimenting, collaborating, adapting