[Go Faster] shipping quality code faster

Dave Camp dcamp at mozilla.com
Tue Sep 29 18:15:21 UTC 2015

This isn't my project to run, but I have some responsibility here.

I haven't seen a single thread on this list that hasn't devolved into
people questioning whether gofaster should happen.  If I were one of the
people assigned to work on gofaster I would be incredibly demoralized that
I couldn't start a thread on specifics without my work being questioned.

This project is something we're doing.  As Firefox module owner, I'm the
person you need to convince otherwise.  This list is not the right place to
make that case to me.  This list should be used by people trying to make
gofaster succeed.


On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 9:10 AM Laura Thomson <lthomson at mozilla.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 11:50 AM, Chris Hofmann <chofmann at mozilla.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Laura also shared there on the other thread
> >
> >> There's plenty of evidence that this is virtue enough to push ahead.
> >> Shorter cycle times lead to better quality and better agility to
> >> respond to user feedback. There are tons and tons of case studies,
> >> because so many companies have moved this way. We are dinosaurs in
> >> this industry.
> >
> > At first it struck me as odd and a bit offensive that she we use the
> analogy
> > of dinosaurs,
> >
> > That seemed to me to be unproductive.  Dinosaurs are extinct.  We have
> over
> > 100 million people using our software every day.  We can't be extinct.
> > Dinosaurs had no control over the destiny and were wiped out by external
> > events.   I'd like to think we still have quite a bit of control over
> what
> > we are doing.
> >
> > Then I did some more thinking about what she said and found something
> > underlying and a topic that might be good to surface as one of these
> > perspective differences that might be getting in the way of productive
> idea
> > sharing.
> >
> > Here is another analogy.  Its that we are building stuff for the highway
> and
> > that highway is the internet/web. I think we can all agree on that.
> >
> > I think the studies and evidence that laura's talking about and
> background
> > that she's coming from is from building web sites.
> <snip>
> Two things here:
> 1. Have you seen our MAU curves for the last few years? We are rapidly
> sliding into irrelevance. We can keep denying that, but it
> accomplishes precisely nothing. If we keep doing what we've always
> done, we're going to go extinct, just like the dinosaurs.
> 2. I have been here for eight years and I am profoundly sick of this
> "You're just a web dev" attitude I have been hearing for those eight
> years. Guess what? Web devs are some of our biggest customers and
> evangelists. Treating them as idiots is part of what has gotten us to
> where we are now.
> In addition, if you paid attention to any of the presentations I have
> made on this, or on what's going on around you in Silicon Valley or
> the rest of the tech industry you'd know I am NOT just talking about
> websites. Yes, continuous delivery/rapid shipping started with
> websites, but I have pointed out many examples of client software that
> ships this way: Netflix, Spotify, Steam, and many, many of the iOS and
> Android apps that are killing the web ship fast and ship often. (We
> have been lucky enough to get insight from the three companies I named
> since Socorro is the leading open source app for client error
> reporting, and they all use it.) There are even embedded software
> companies that ship as often as possible, if not daily then weekly. (I
> have examples but would need to ask permission to publicly share them.
> They include utility companies, for example.)
> I've explained this over and over again, and I no longer have time to
> do so, so I'm going to go back to building the future of Mozilla.
> Respectfully,
> Laura
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