In a young company, still forming its processes and culture, this role offered a unique opportunity to build a department and develop a dynamic environment from the very beginning.
Creation of first-class, industry-recognised development capability: With new demand, we needed to attract the highest talent. The culture and recruitment methods I developed, including greater autonomy, brown paper-bag sessions and coding dojos gained and retained great developers.
Established a pipeline of work for the organisation: I established a pipeline of work for the Development department to provide full visibility of latent and new demand. Requirements were captured and benefits estimated quickly and transparently to generate maximum value against business outcomes.
Introduced Agile/Lean principles and practices across the entire organisation: I spearheaded Agile improvements throughout the organisation. We achieved a significant reduction in cycle time – (the time from idea to cash realization) - from 6 months to an average of 4 days.
Delivered a set of API interfaces that enabled 7digital to power streaming and download services for Spotify: An opportunity arose to partner with Spotify. I oversaw the programme of work necessary - no small undertaking given the amount of transactions Spotify delivered to the resulting product.
Greenfield development of an eBook platform for HMV Group/Waterstone's: Far bigger than any other project that 7digital had delivered, I pioneered new technologies to create a replacement eBook distribution network for Waterstone's, including DRM.