The Art of Manipulation and Misdirection

I was at Qualcomm last week, listening to an economist talk about Apple’s complaints that Qualcomm had charged Apple too much for access to patents. What I thought was fascinating was that Apple had folks focused on the 5 percent …

3 WannaCry Talking Points to Win Security Buy-In

By this point, most technology practitioners — and nearly all security practitioners — know about WannaCry. In fact, you might be sick of people analyzing it, rehashing it, sharing “lessons learned” about it, and otherwise laying out suggestions — in …

Behind Project Deadlines: Estimations for a Shared Understanding

Years of project management has taught me that one of the keys to a project’s success is managing stakeholder expectations. The only medium we have to influence expectations is effective communication. At Zalando we use the Radical Agility framework. It …

Signalling Your Jenkins Build Status with a Mini USB Traffic Light

As part of an effort to increase developer awareness of quality, we wanted to draw attention the fact that you should have healthy CI builds. The normal procedure revolved around emails sent to the individuals who broke the build with …

Quantitative UX Research – How Can it Complement our Customer Insights?

Most people associate the term UX research with qualitative methods, for example, interviews with a small number of participants. These interviews are used to discover things such as customer problems, usability issues with a product, and customer journeys. Often, we …

PostgreSQL in a time of Kubernetes

A lot of time has passed at Zalando since the first services were started backed by PostgreSQL 9.0-rc1. Despite the adoption of other technologies, PostgreSQL remains the preferred relational database for most engineers around. You can follow some of the …

Savvy Marketers Don’t Ditch the Non-Digital

A good motto for modern marketing would be, “When in doubt, check the data.” Perhaps an even better one would be, “When not in doubt, check the data to see if you should be.” There’s never been a time when …

Seeding the Next Generation of Consultancies

There’s been a lot written recently about how artificial intelligence, machine learning and automation are going to displace millions of workers. However, these powerful new technologies already have spawned a surge in demand for a new wave of highly skilled …

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