I'm Adam. Nice to meet you.
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Metrics Lead at Mozilla Foundation. Previously at WWF. Test, tinker, and question the answers.
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
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
I hesitantly post this, as I’m spending the evening looking at DALMOOC and hope to take part, but know I’m short on free time right now (what with a new baby and trying to buy a house) and starting the course late. This is either the first in a series of blog posts about this course, or, we shall never talk about this again. The course encourages open and distributed publishing of work and assessments, which makes answering this first ‘warm-up’ task feel like more of a commitment to the course than I can really make. But here goes… Competency 0.1: Describe and navigate the distributed structure of DALMOOC, different ways to engage with peers and various technologies to manage and share personal learning. DALMOOC offers and encourages learning experiences that span many online products from many providers but which … Continue reading
Here are a couple of notes about ‘Hack the snippet‘ that I wanted to make sure got documented. It significantly changed peoples’ predisposition to Webmaker before they arrived on the site Its ‘post-interaction’ click-through-rate was equivalent to most one-click snippets Behind these observations, something special was happening in ‘Hack the snippet’. I can’t tell you exactly what it was that had the end-effect, but it’s worth remembering the effect. 1. It ‘warmed people up’ to Webmaker The ‘Hack the snippet’ snippet was shown to the same audience (Firefox users) as eight other snippet variations we ran during the campaign had the same % of users click through to the landing page had the same on-site experience on webmaker.org as all the other snippet variations we tested (the same landing page, sign-up ask etc) But when people who had interacted with … Continue reading
We now have a reasonably organized Mozilla Foundation Metrics Wiki Hub Page Thing. While my priority to date this year has been working out how MoFo teams count their contributors, I thought I should also take the time to open up this metrics work in a way that contributors can get involved, if that’s what takes their fancy. After all, contributor metrics are only as good as the systems they help us improve, and in turn the contributors they help us empower. As with many good things in the world of open source, this includes a mailing list. So here’s by blurb if you’d consider signing up: The mofo-metrics mailing list: “An open community mailing list for volunteers and staff interested in Mozilla Foundation Metrics. What are the numbers, graphs and other data points that can help the Mozilla Foundation … Continue reading
I presented a version of this on the Mozilla Foundation staff call yesterday, and thought it’s worth a write-up for those who weren’t on the call and those in MoCo working on related things. Some Context: One of the cross Mozilla goals this year is to “10X” the number of active contributors, with a longer term goal of growing to a million Mozillians. When the 10X goal was set we weren’t really sure what X was, for valid reasons; defining contribution is as much art as it is science, and the work plans for this year include building the tools to measure this in a systematic way. The goals justify the tools, and vice versa. Chicken and egg. 2,000 contributors were invited to the summit, so the target was set at 20k active contributors shared between MoCo and MoFo. MoFo … Continue reading
While I’m always itching to get on with doing the work that needs doing, I’ve spent this morning writing about it instead. Part of me hates this, but another realizes this is valuable. Especially when you’re working remotely and the project status in your head is of no use to your colleagues scattered around the globe. So here’s the updated status page on our Mozilla Foundation Contributor Dashboard, and some progress on my ‘working open‘. Filing bugs, linking them to each other, and editing wiki pages can be tedious work (especially wiki tables that link to bugs!) but the end result is very helpful, for me as well as those following and contributing to the project. And a hat-tip to Pierros, whose hard-work on the project Baloo wiki page directly inspired the formatting here. Now, back to doing!
I’m returning to the regular tasks today after a couple of weeks out of routine; one week at Mozilla Foundation’s ‘All-hands’ meeting, and one week away from the screen spending quality time with my family. I will try and get back to the regular blogging that that I was doing at the beginning of the year, and will be working on ‘working open’ this week in particular. Even if it’s shorter posts like this one. Priorities as I get started today: Wiring up the last data sources for our interim contributor dashboard solution Working with Mozilla Corporation counterparts to see what we can share and re-purpose from our interim dashboard for wider Mozilla use Starting with opening up the ad-hoc logger for MoCo use Getting some key tracking in place ahead of the Maker Party campaign for a conversion rate … Continue reading
Context: Last week I shared a few graphs (1, 2, 3, 4) looking at data from our repositories on Github, extracted using this Gitribution app thing, as part of our work to dashboard contributor numbers for the Mozilla Foundation. I didn’t comment on the graphs at the time because I wanted time for others to look at them without my opinions skewing what they might see. This follow up post is a walk-through of some things I see in the graphs/data. The real value in looking at data is finding ways to make things better by challenging ourselves, and being honest about what the numbers show, so this will be as much about questions as answers… Also, publishing this last week flagged up some missing repositories and identified some other members of staff so these graphs are based on the … Continue reading
TL;DR: Share your thoughts on the language we use around contribution metrics here (anyone can contribute): https://etherpad.mozilla.org/contributors-dashboard-language Then if you have the time, here are some of my thoughts on this topic… What does language have to do with metrics? You’d be forgiven for thinking that working with data and metrics is a clean and scientific-like process of running queries against a database or two and generating a report. In many ways, I’m glad it’s not as simple as that. Metrics are only as good as the things they enable us to improve. Which means while metrics need to be grounded in good clean data, they are primarily for people; and not just for people to read. In their best incarnation, metrics motivate people to change things for the better. At this scale, motivating people is definitely more art than … Continue reading