Agile development and accelerated roll out of TV streaming platform to increase revenues
Now TV is a subscription internet television service operated by British satellite television provider Sky, which offers both live streaming and video-on-demand without a contract. First launched in the United Kingdom in 2012, the service is now also available in other european countries.
Now TV is building out a new streaming platform with growth accelerating in the UK and across Europe. They needed to scale up delivery across those territories including Ireland, France, Spain and Germany. With the platform being acessible from multiple devices including iOS, android, web and Smart TV's they needed sofware engineers to scale up the development to enhance the offering to customers on a continuous improvement basis. They need developers who not only had knowledge of those environments but also of an agile way of working to develop and deliver software at scale in complex, large organisations.
We worked closely with the Now TV team to accurately understand and capture the business requirements, timelines and deliverables required in order to provide a fully managed solution. Identifying the correct individuals was a real challenge due to candidates with the right mix of sofware development, agile and large company experience being extremely rare within the market. However, target candidates were identified for a shortlist and video interviews conducted as an initial filter process. Only senior consultants with a proven track record and who could also show a history of working autonomously and providing rapid value back into the business were approached.
A large team of senior software engineers of the right calibre was selected to fulfil a difficult demand for the business . The individuals were able to work autonomously and added value at a critcal stage of the program, whilst also faciliating the required knowledge transfer to other members of the team. They successfully launched the platform in several countries ahead of schedule, thereby significantly increasing revenues for the TV streaming services.
The challenge in short
- Large scale development and implementation of internet TV streaming service
- Combination of iOS, android, web and Smart TV skills required
- Agile working methodologies
- Experience of large, complex organisations needed
- Senior positions, to work autonomously
The solution in short
- Fully managed solution provided
- Business requirements captured
- Only senior individuals with skills mix and autonomous working were targeted
- Video calls to shortlisted candidates as filter process
- Large team of software engineers brought on to the required timescales
- Working autonomously, provided value at a critical stage in the program
- Successfully launched in several countries ahead of schedule, thus increasing revenues
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