firefox development process changes

Gavin Sharp gavin at gavinsharp.com
Mon Aug 11 18:25:08 UTC 2014


The short answer:
- Bugzilla or Mercurial aren't the whole picture
- even if they were, brief aggregated summaries are useful

Some tooling investment can help with the second, but wouldn't help
with the first.

Gavin

On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM, Chris Peterson <cpeterson at mozilla.com> wrote:
> As gps asked in bug 1048558, why ask people what they've already done when
> most of that work is documented in Bugzilla and Mercurial?
>
> Google has (had?) a similar system, called "Snippets", that is similar to
> bsmedberg's Status tool. It has a minimally-distruptive email interface and
> it is a standard through the whole company. More info:
>
> http://blog.idonethis.com/why-google-snippets/
>
> http://blog.idonethis.com/silicon-valleys-productivity-secret/
>
> chris
>
>
>
> On 8/11/14 8:20 AM, Gavin Sharp wrote:
>>
>> We have a bug on file to make some improvements to bsmedberg's tool
>> (or a forked version of it) for our purposes:
>> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1048558
>>
>> I'm not sure what the current plan is there - Blake, do you have an
>> update?
>>
>> Gavin
>>
>> On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 5:40 PM, Blair McBride <bmcbride at mozilla.com>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> On 30/07/2014 11:41 a.m., Gavin Sharp wrote:
>>>>
>>>> - We will eliminate the Tuesday status meetings entirely. In their
>>>> place, we will ask all team members to provide daily updates via
>>>> bsmedberg's status tool. Updates should be short and submitted at the
>>>> beginning of your day, and mention what you accomplished yesterday, what
>>>> you plan to do today, and anything you're blocked on. Your updates
>>>> should include specific status updates for each of the bugs that you're
>>>> committed to: "work in progress", "in review", or "landed".
>>>
>>>
>>> Using this again was a bit of a shock, TBH. The visual design, or lack
>>> thereof, feels dispiriting at the start of the day.
>>>
>>> I don't mean that as a trivial thing - it's well established that
>>> visually
>>> appealing tools result in a more positive and productive experience, and
>>> has
>>> follow-on effects to other tasks.
>>>
>>> - Blair
>>>
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