Posted 8 hours, 48 minutes ago at 00:56. 0 comments
John has posted his farewell over on his blog.
John’s been managing me now for 6.5 years. I’ve had other friends/mentors/managers before, but it was under John that I became a manager myself.
Everything I’ve learned about people-first, no-nonsense management has come from him. Everything I’ve learned about cross-group co-ordination and asking the right questions has come from him. Everything I’ve learned about Irish whiskey has come from him.
On the technical- and pure getting-shit-done-side, the Google Tech Talk he gave on “Release Engineering as a Force Multiplier” is probably the only resume he’ll ever need, even if he doesn’t actually need it.
Where does John’s departure leave Mozilla, and more specifically, our release engineering team, and even more specifically, me?
I don’t know, but I’m optimistic, mostly because of the imprint left by John on all of us.
Posted 2 weeks, 3 days ago at 11:55. 0 comments
All good things must come to an end.
Posted 2 weeks, 6 days ago at 18:34. 0 comments
Thursday was a planned outing day, with all of releng decamping to the New England Aquarium for the morning. As a trained marine biologist, it was nice for me to be able to drop some science on my Mozilla colleagues.
Posted 3 weeks ago at 17:54. 0 comments
In addition to starting to train some of the new hires in the ancient arts of buildduty and releaseduty, we had 3 great sessions today:
Posted 3 weeks, 1 day ago at 10:30. 0 comments
With everyone now arrived, John gave his “State of Releng” address in the morning. Here’s a rough transcription, with apologies to Mos Def:
Posted 3 weeks, 2 days ago at 12:00. 1 comment
People from releng were still arriving on Monday, so we left topics that affect the whole group for later in the week. We did still manage to get a bunch done. Monday had 3 major themes:
Posted 3 weeks, 3 days ago at 12:47. 1 comment
The Mozilla release engineering (releng) team is having a team week this week in Boston. Our time will be split between planning and hacking, and for the first time, I’ll be trying to document some of the proceedings in blog format.
The first thing on our agenda this morning is a documentation sprint. We’ll be identifying tools and systems that are either poorly documented or not documented at all, and then trying to fill in some of these documentation gaps during the rest of the week.
Stay tuned for further updates!
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago at 11:52. 0 comments
Hey Ottawa Mozillians! A bunch of Mozilla staff from the Ottawa area are having a workday at the TheCodeFactory in downtown Ottawa this Friday, November 1st from 10am-5pm.
Whether you’re already plugged into Mozilla, or just interested in learning more, we encourage you to drop by. We’ll have representatives from the release engineering team, the automation and tools team, and product management present on Friday.
Note to those coming out: TheCodeFactory moved to a new location earlier this year. They’re now located at 100 Gloucester Street.
Hope to see you there!
Posted 1 month, 2 weeks ago at 11:54. 2 comments
Inspired by Alex‘s post about the Release Management team structure, I thought I would put together a similar outline for Release Engineering (releng).
Posted 2 months ago at 20:26. 4 comments
It’s hard to boil down 3 days of intense discussions to a few bullet points, much less discussions had by 18 people over 3 Summit locations, but here I go.