Engineering Community Team/Meetings/2012-10-02

ECT 2012-10-02 Attending: Sumana, Guillaume, Chris

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List of projectsEdit

  • Testing infrastructure/automation
  • Beta Labs
  • Feature testing efforts
  • Community testing planning
  • 20% time wrangling
  • 1.20 deployment
  • Monthly report
  • Communications support
  • Tech ambassadors
  • Engineering activity documentation
  • Recruiting/hiring
  • Hackathons/events (Bangalore, future)
    • Conferences in general
  • Gerrit project owner groups
  • Recruitment/encouragement
    • GSoC
  • Dev community metrics

Who's doing what (this week)Edit

Chris: discussing WMF, features, tools, environments, etc. with Zeljko Fillipin, the new QA Engineer., and demoing beta labs in the process. More work with NPF/Curation now that it is running in beta labs. Guillaume: monthly report, tech ambassadors Sumana: 20% time replacement proposal, Grace Hopper prep, Bangalore prep, volunteer encouragement, rampup for incoming ECT people

Feature testing effortsEdit

With Zeljko on board, Chris to investigate closer ties for testing in WMF projects like Visual Editor perhaps. First Zeljko & test automation work will be in UploadWizard, will help prove out infrastructure & maintenance issues (requires some Jenkins work) Where to host the test code itself? right now it's strewn on GitHub & Gitorious (Sumana suggests: just use Gerrit)

Beta labsEdit

Chris sent out a "please use Beta labs" email; did that lead to an uptick in usage? Not much uptick, but I'd like to promote beta labs as an alternative test environment to the ee-prototype host currently in use for NPF/Curation. right now, it's only for extensions scheduled for deployment date to prod so, NPF, AFT, UW we could change that policy we have an outstanding request from Arthur, who wants MobileFrontEnd support (Antoine will take care of that) Beta labs changes: submit change to,n,z (is there a backlog in reviewing those changesets?)

Community testing planningEdit

(none right now)

20% time wranglingEdit

Sumana needs to write proposal - this week

1.20 deploymentEdit

remains routine (this is slightly scary, it's TOO quiet) Chris wants to work on this as a medium priority - what coverage do we have with unit tests? and what steps can we take to make deployments less risky Chris continues to do spot-checking of deployments. This week found a bug (with Krenair) about redirecting after logout/login. Bug Wrangler to start Monday Oct 8, help us be aware of deployment issues

Monthly reportEdit

currently reviewing, fixing, completing the September report stuck on the Committer stats because I can't log into gerrit for some unknown reason problem solved!/wikimediaatwork Dan A & Mark H

Communications supportEdit

nothing to report

Tech ambassadorsEdit

Guillaume continues to collect & organize ideas. Very early draft at

Engineering activity documentationEdit

Updated as the monthly report is being assembled Sumana made substantial improvements this month to Wikimedia Labs & Beta cluster


New Bug Wrangler starting Oct 8 new VEC start delayed till November :( new QA Engineer started Oct 1 Please tell your friends/social networks about

Hackathons/events (Bangalore & the future)Edit

Sumana just sent out Berlin retrospective, Bangalore planning - November

Conferences in generalEdit

Sumana: Grace Hopper - this week

Gerrit project owner groupsEdit

Sumana managing


Sumana reaching out Sumana working on maintainership document, CoC?


Wrapup post went up Now GSoC 2012 is in maintenance mode In November, will start trying to get more future students interested, do more retrospective on what's worth it/what to do next time

Dev community metricsEdit

Quim volunteering on this; see analytics post


Sumana: Grace Hopper October 3-6, and SF in Oct 17-28 Guillaume: Possible vacation in late October or November Chris: possible vacation Nov 8/9, not sure yet.... Fundraiser may start early Nov