The immediate value of working in the open

I’m both excited and a tiny bit nervous about how “open” Mozilla are about the way they work. As I’m getting to know the Foundation, and the projects and priorities, and to make sense of what exactly I’ll be doing here I’ve been reading lots of Etherpads. If you don’t know what an Etherpad is,… Continue reading The immediate value of working in the open

As ready as I’m going to be

Tomorrow is the first day in my new role at the Mozilla Foundation, and I’m getting the new job nerves and excitement now. Between wrapping up at WWF, preparing for Christmas, house hunting, and finishing off my next study assignment (a screenplay involving time-travel and a bus), I’ve been squeezing in a little bit of… Continue reading As ready as I’m going to be

Something I wrote for Engaging Networks

A few weeks ago I received a marketing email from the Engaging Networks team quoting some stats about the possible improvements to website conversion rates that can be achieved with A/B testing. I was caught off guard (but pretty chuffed) when I realised I was being quoted my own case study from a presentation I… Continue reading Something I wrote for Engaging Networks

Digital Spring Clean

I’m pleased to say Bibliofaction has a new team taking it over, so the site will begin to get the love we’ve been denying it. I have some admin and bits to do for this though. I’m employed in a full-time role again, so I’ve been updating my various profiles around the interwebz, removing “I’m… Continue reading Digital Spring Clean

On getting agile with Google @App_engine

In the course of just 48 hours I deployed six separate upgrades to Done by When, mostly thanks to Google App Engine. These weren’t major changes, but they were distinct pieces of work driven by user feedback and an analysis of the system/user stats. I was shipping early, and shipping often and had quietly moved… Continue reading On getting agile with Google @App_engine

Done by When (beta) is live

So, I just about scraped in inside my (second) deadline. Done by When is live. Though very much in beta. Never go live on a Friday: Fail Ship early: Succeed Ship often: To be seen In building this to-do list app I’ve learnt a few new things: Google App Engine Python LESS Jinja2 Twitter Bootstrap All… Continue reading Done by When (beta) is live

Help save the Arctic with Greenpeace

It’s been a real pleasure to help Greenpeace out in a small way for this important Arctic fundraising campaign that’s currently running on their homepage. I built the fundraising thermometer widget (marked with the red border in the screenshot above) by extending Dave Cranwell’s jQuery E-activist Social Proof Plugins (source code available on GitHub). Please make… Continue reading Help save the Arctic with Greenpeace

Announcing ‘Done by When’

I promised to ship a new piece of software today but I haven’t quite made it. Ironically it’s a tool for managing expectations, and visualizing likely delivery times for a given piece of work. It would have been useful! I hate making excuses, but it’s been a crazy month with lots of good interruptions (lovely… Continue reading Announcing ‘Done by When’