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How PAPER Magazine’s web engineers scaled their back-end for Kim Kardashian (SFW)

On November 11th 2014, the art-and-nightlife magazine PAPER “broke the Internet” when it put a ...
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The Last Target Operating Model You’ll Ever Need™

For context, Joel writes about “working for a big high street bank. The brief is to redesign the ...
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Former Chief Technology Officer at Made.com

A multi-award winning online furniture retailer launched in March 2010, backed by a group of investors including Brent Hoberman of Founders Forum and Marc Simoncini of Jaina Capital.

Andy is responsible for all strategic decision making regarding technology within Made.com, including technical team structure and recruiting, site technology selection, office technology and setup across multiple regions and selection of key development and support partners.

The website itself is built using the Magento framework for PHP (built on Zend Framework), interoperating with a Python-based ERP (OpenERP, heavily customised) for stock, dispatch, order and supply chain management.

Team Engagement – Leadership and Mentorship

Andy is an executive-level technical manager, with a hands-on development and testing background. He’s built and managed several successful agile teams of PHP, Python, Java and .Net developers and testers, including internationally distributed teams. He acts as a mentor and troubleshooter to junior and senior team members alike, and leads the technical architecture and design, as well as user experience and optimisation for search engines.

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A Certified Scrum Product Owner

Andy is a certfied Scrum Product Owner, he specialises in implementing agile practices which provide means of constant improvement within the development and operations teams, and a culture of improved transparency with the rest of the business.

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