Strengthening capability through partnership
As a result of these early projects, EDF Trading was able to decommission several legacy applications, and the user value of the applications was immediately evident. This gave the business and IT confidence to proceed with further investment.
The next high-value project supported the day-to-day activities of the gas operations team. Hitherto, this team had used a collection of homegrown spreadsheets to pull and pump data into the ETRM database. There was a range of issues with the spreadsheets, including sharing, release strategy, version control, security and maintenance. Once again taking a UX-led approach, we supported the teams to create an application that solved a number of these challenges and delivered an experience that added significant value to the day-to-day gas operations business.
Throughout our two-year partnership, we’ve led and augmented mixed teams of client and Scott Logic personnel, working closely with the client’s technical architects to ensure delivery of consistent, maintainable applications.
EDF Trading looked to Scott Logic not just for support with design and development, but also in enhancing the core strengths of its delivery capability. The client had already adopted agile ways of working. Through knowledge transfer via mentoring, pair programming and code reviews, our consultants enhanced the in-house staff’s capabilities in a range of techniques, including: incremental planning; product backlog management; and continuous integration and delivery. In this way, the teams were able to release high-quality working software to production every two weeks.
The strong and highly collaborative partnership between our client and Scott Logic has been instrumental in the success of the programme.