The week ahead 23 Feb 2015

First, I’ll note that even taking the time to write these short ‘note to self’ type blog posts each week takes time and is harder to do than I expected. Like so many priorities, the long term important things often battle with the short term urgent things. And that’s in a culture where working open is more than just acceptable, it’s encouraged. Anyway, I have some time this morning sitting in an airport to write this, and I have some time on a plane to catch up on some other reading and writing that hasn’t made it to the top of the todo list for a few weeks. I may even get to post a blog post or two in the near future. This week, I have face-to-face time with lots of colleagues in Toronto. Which means a combination of … Continue reading »

The week ahead: 2 Feb 2015

What’s happening this week? My number one goal (P1) for this week is solving offline friendly mobile analytics for Webmaker App, while keeping other projects ticking along adequately. Here’s to a productive week.

Weeknotes: 30 Jan 2015

I don’t want these weeknotes to be a complete ‘done list’, as we have enough of those internally. This just a quick reflection on the extra objectives set for the week. I moved outside into the MVP garden office (it’s still looking mostly like a shed). This was thanks to the magical powers of powerline adapters which I only recently heard about. I still do not understand the sorcery that is transferring a high speed network through the existing electrical circuit, but it’s working without me needing to run any cabling. I spent enough time chipping away at my processes and on ‘working open’ that I’m feeling good about it, and still enough time getting things done. I cleaned out my ‘mofo-metrics’ Bugzilla backlog from 2014, and killed lots of tickets that weren’t relevant any more. Setup my first Data Practices … Continue reading »

Webmaking in the UK, and face-to-face events

One of this week’s conversations was with Nesta, about Webmaker usage within the UK and whether or not we have data to support the theory that face-t0-face events have an impact getting people involved in making on the web. These are two topics that interest me greatly. I’m basically copying some of my notes into blog form so that the conversation isn’t confined to a few in-boxes. And the TL;DR is our data represents what we’ve done, rather than any universal truth. Our current data would support the hypothesis that face-to-face time is important for learning, but that would simply be because that’s how our program has been designed to date. In other words, our Webmaker tools were designed primarily for use in face-to-face events, which meant that adoption by ‘self-learners’ online is low because their is little guidance or … Continue reading »

The week ahead: 26 Jan 2015

I should have started the week by writing this, but I’ll do it quickly now anyway. My current todo list. List status: Pretty good. Mostly organized near the top. Less so further down. Fine for now. Objectives to call out for this week. Bugzilla and Github clean-out / triage Move my home office out to the shed (depending on a few things) + some things that carry over from last week Write a daily working process Work out a plan for aligning metrics work with dev team heartbeats Don’t let the immediate todo list get in the way of planning long term processes Invest time in working open Wrestle with multiple todo list systems until they (or I) work together nicely

Weeknotes: 23 Jan 2015

I managed to complete roughly five of my eleven goals for the week. Made progress on (but have not cracked) daily task management for the newly evolving systems Caught up on some email from time off, but still a chunk left to work through Spent more time writing code than expected Illness this week slowed me down These aren’t very good weeknotes, but perhaps better than none.  

The week ahead: 19 Jan 2015

If all goes to plan, I will: Write a daily working process Use a public todo list, and make it work Catch up on more email from time off Ship V1 of Webmaker Metrics retention dashboard Work out a plan for aligning metrics work with dev team heartbeats Don’t let the immediate todo list get in the way of planning long term processes Invest time in working open Wrestle with multiple todo list systems until they (or I) work together nicely Survive a 5 day week (it’s been a while) Write up final testing blog posts from EOY before those tests are forgotten Book data practices kick-off meetings with all teams To try and solve some of the process challenges, I’ve gone back to a tool I built a couple of years ago (Done by When) and I’m breaking it … Continue reading »

From 2014 to 2015

I’ve had a couple of weeks off work and it’s been a good time to reflect on the year past, and the one ahead. And before I dive back into things on Friday morning, I wanted to get this post published. It’s a long one, and writing it was more for my benefit than yours On 2014 Cassie’s post on 2014 has claimed the perfect title already, but I’ll ditto that it was a hell of a year: New job, second baby, two house moves, one house purchase, one trip to Toronto, two to San Francisco, Mozfest in London, Mozlandia in Portland, finally finishing my degree and graduating, and continually adjusting our home-life around the amazing speed at which a two year old and a newborn can change in any 24 hour period. Some reflections: My job title might focus … Continue reading »

Fundraising testing update

I wrote a post over on about our latest round of optimization work for our End of Year Fundraising campaign. We’ve been sprinting on this during the Mozilla all-hands workweek in Portland, which has been a lot of fun working face-to-face with the awesome team making this happen. You can follow along with the campaign, and see how were doing at And of course, we’d be over the moon if you wanted to make a donation.

Will our latest donation form help us raise more money this year?

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