Not so long ago our team took part in the ADEO Dev Summit in the French town of Lille. It’s an internal conference for software developers, architects, scrum masters and all other roles crucial for digital transformation projects at ADEO Group – the leading French player in the international DIY market and the third largest worldwide.
Read on to discover how we managed to get on the ADEO Dev Summit guest list, what we learnt there, and how we’re going to use these insights in our future IT projects.
How did we get to go to the ADEO Dev Summit?
Instead of babbling on about the ADEO Group, let the numbers speak:
So how on Earth did a humble team of Polish IT folks get to participate in ADEO’s internal software development conference?
Before you accuse us of gatecrashing, let me explain that we actually got invited.
One of our long-term clients – Leroy Merlin Polska – has been a part of ADEO since the early nineties. We’ve worked for LM for over a decade, during which we provided them with a comprehensive omnichannel strategy. We also developed custom e-commerce and m-commerce platforms integrated with their IT architecture. You can read more about our work in this case study.
And with this project as a departure point, our specialists, Adam and Grzegorz, delivered a talk on how to overcome challenges in IT system evolution. We’ve worked on this product for a while and dealt with quite a few serious technical and organisational impediments along the way. But what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right? And so we shared our lessons learnt with the rest of the ADEO ecosystem.
3 Takeaways from the Adeo Dev Summit 2018
The whole conference comprised a great selection of inspiring talks on technology and more. So here’s the core of what we’ve taken home from Lille.
#1 The self-driving world will force human beings to adapt:
The Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2017 is dominated by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and other smart technologies. Clearly, the vision of a self-driving world seems closer than ever before. So one might start to ponder what’s left for humans?
Some answers to this rather substantial question started to emerge as a result of two exceptional talks on AI and ML by the French entrepreneur Flavien Cherve.
One thing is that this driverless world of today requires us to attain new skills, such as creativity, adaptability, team working, and the ability to inspire others. It seems crucial that teaching these competencies to younger generations should be our top priority.
Unfortunately, this isn’t exactly what youngsters are taught in schools. Although creativity and adaptability are inherent qualities of children, they somehow get lost in the process of socialisation. So if we want humanity to continue thriving in the future, our schooling system also needs to make way for these types of skills.
#2 Creative disruption imposes new roles within an organisation:
It should then come as no surprise that in order to be successful, product teams need to find ways to include different viewpoints and approaches.
This means that businesses can benefit from including roles and skill sets that may not immediately come across as intrinsic to software development.
In his opening keynote, Flavien Chervet named the following roles:
• The Designer
• The Scientist
• The Rebel
I believe these names are self-explanatory. They also demonstrate that the product development universe needs to make way for a completely new mindset. This is indeed a change our teams at Unity Group are already trying to embrace.
#3 InnerSourcing unleashes the power of open-source within the walls of an enterprise:
InnerSourcing is a term coined by Tim O’Reilly in the early 2000s. It refers to the deployment of open-source techniques and practices in the corporate context.
Large companies often suffer from the silo effect. It’s a situation in which different business units develop similar projects separately. As they don’t exchange knowledge, they tend to lose money and energy that could otherwise be invested in other initiatives.
InnerSourcing applies lessons learnt from open-source projects to the way companies develop software internally. Since developers get the feel of working on state-of-the-art open-source platforms, they also start craving to incorporate similar processes to software development in their companies. Of course, they may encounter initial reluctance.
Yet, there is evidence that even companies focused on proprietary software development can benefit from InnerSourcing. It can be used to break down silos, promote internal collaboration, and accelerate the onboarding of new engineers. It also helps to identify opportunities for teams to contribute back to the open-source world. For even more benefits of InnerSourcing you can check this post on the Bitergia Blog.
As Unity Group we’ve dedicated a substantial portion of our time to open-source projects, so we’re genuinely interested in embracing the InnerSourcing processes in our teams.
Overall, it was a great pleasure to exchange knowledge and ideas with other participants of the ADEO Dev Summit – people from over a dozen countries where the group operates. I hope our team will make it to next year’s edition too – it’s certainly worth it.
Piotr is a Managing Partner at Unity Group. Omnichannel Commerce expert, Piotr co-authored the advisory methodology for development and implementation of omnichannel strategies. For over a dozen years in the online business, he’s worked as an analyst, adviser and project manager, participating in creation of some of the very first B2B and B2C e-commerce solutions in Poland. Evangelist of e-commerce and omnichannel, Piotr regularly delivers talks and keynotes at industry conferences, he’s also an expert lecturer at WSB Universities in Wroclaw.