Get to know Shea, Sr. Data Engineering Manager

What is the best thing about being an engineer? One thing I really like is the continuous opportunities for improvement, growth, and fresh problems. There are so many ways to get better, learn more, and completely change gears that I know I’ll never get bored or stagnate. What was the most exciting thing that happened this month? I’m really excited about the new engineer, also a good friend of mine, who joined our team! It’s really great to have him on board and been fun seeing his perspective on what we’re doing and how we operate as he’s shadowing me. Who should every engineer be following right now? I think “engineer” is way too broad of a category for this, but maybe I’m just not following the right people! I do have a favorite talk to recommend to people who haven’t already seen it: Constraints Liberate, Liberties Constrain by Rúnar […]

Get to know Asher, Data Engineering Director

What is the best thing about being an engineer? The best thing for me about being an engineering leader at Target is the opportunity to solve problems at scale that have never been solved before. What was the most exciting thing that happened this month?  The most exciting thing for me this month has been that two engineers on my team are now Apache contributors. This not only showcases the kind of focus Target has on open source, but also showcases our engineering capabilities. This really puts a retail company like Target with the likes of large tech companies like LinkedIn and PayPal in terms of our engineering capabilities. This sets Target apart from our competitors and also enables us to bring top engineering talent to Target. What should every engineer be following right now? There are a ton of exciting open source projects going on at the Apache Software […]

Get to know Abbey, Product Design Director

What was the most exciting thing that happened yesterday/this week/this month? Yesterday was Pitch Day! About a hundred of us piled into an auditorium to hear new Product Ideas and concept pitches (Shark Tank style) that some of our colleagues want to bring to life to better serve our guests. It’s inspiring to see products come to life that start with just one person’s idea based on trends they are seeing from our guests. These people have built a business case, lean teams and ended with gaining business buy-in to try a proof of concept. It’s just another way that Target proves you are in the driver seat in your career. Target is interested in testing diverse ideas with our guests to see what resonates with them, and they acknowledge those great ideas can come from anywhere. Who/What should every designer be reading/following right now? I’m really enjoying the podcast […]

Get to know Heather, Lead Product Designer

What is the best thing about being a Product Designer? You get to empower people, solve their problems and remove the roadblocks keeping them from unleashing the full power of their talent. The internal customers of my product are smart, dedicated and scrappy – they’re working hard to meet guest, business and vendor needs at all hours of the day. If we can help them reclaim more of their time, we know they’ll turn it into gold for our guests. What is your favorite thing about working at Target? There are two things – first, the supportive culture. I have a couple of persistent health issues and Target’s been a great place to thrive through them. Second, I love tackling a big, hairy problem with a group of people willing to throw down and get after it. Enterprise UX at Target gives me that. What’s your greatest accomplishment in your […]