Meet the team (from left to right) Abyakta Lenka, Alexander Jones, Kamini Sugumar
Pursuing a single source of truth
Complete visibility into the work of any given project – its history, current status, blockers, next steps – is something the Enterprise Tools Engineering Team is constantly driving toward. The benefits of this single source of truth are highly measurable, in time, money, and team morale. Leveraging the power of system consolidation and integrations, more and more data could be captured in Jira, and team silos were broken down.
One unexpected benefit of this improvement was the impact on the overall happiness and productivity of the team.
"The teams are doing their work, and they don't have to do administrative things as well. It makes engineers cranky to go to multiple systems to do the same thing," shares Alex, a Product Manager on the Enterprise Tools Team. Jira's "infinite customizability" and open API allowed the team to build leadership visibility tools on top of the platform and add plugins as needed. All of this makes life easier and work more efficient for supported teams, according to Alex.
Kamini, a Product Manager for Enterprise Tools, attributes a large part of her team's success to its diversity. "This team, it's the most diverse team I have ever worked with in my career. We have people from all different cultures, and countries. Having a diverse team, you get a lot of different ideas coming in, and that opens up a spark of 'hey, why can't we do it like that?'"
Looking ahead: increasing efficiencies, reducing silos
The Enterprise Tools Engineering team is working on several big projects, continuing their march towards maximum efficiency. Kamini shares that she's partnering with the Finance Team on a complex project around capitalization. Finance wants to know the labor cost associated with Walmart’s technology products, including asset tracking and technology costs.
Currently, time tracking is monitored using an expensive and old-fashioned tool that requires manual entry to measure time against project work. "Jira already captures people's work, so we can retire the time-tracking tool, which will save us money and also provide transparency on financials," says Kamini.
While the team often operates in the background, Enterprise Tools Engineering’s work hasn't gone unnoticed by leadership or their peers at Walmart Labs. They are regularly called out at all-hands meetings for their accomplishments, and have employees they've never met tell them how much easier they've made day-to-day life.
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