Wikimedia Discovery/Meetings/Checkin/2017-05-09

Topics from the pastEdit

  • Updates on Product/Tech tune-up (tuna)
    • C-level decision meeting postponed until May 9
    • We no longer have permission to discuss the tune-up publicly
      • (And we are getting mixed messages about sharing anything with staff)
    • Kevin is tentatively slotted into Technology (rather than Editing)
  • Upcoming WMF employee engagement survey (May 8-20)
    • HIGHLY recommended you fill it out today or tomorrow
  • Offsite

Announcements, Information, QuestionsEdit

  • Offsite/hackathon travel information and manifests have been posted on office wiki
  • SoS: Reminder: no train week of May 15th due to RelEng offsite (SWAT still on)
  • [wmfall] Friday, May 12th has been designated MediaWiki Documentation Day.
  • Staff annual reviews start May 22 (details to follow)
  • New map preview is up for feedback (info was sent to [Discovery], [maps], and is being posted on community village pump equivalents)
  • Offsite agenda: Will there be time to plan quarterly goals for the next fiscal year?
    • During “new teams” section.
    • QGoal format is different between Product and Technology
      • But maybe just how things are explained, not changes to what is important
    • Erika plans to propose an unconference session
    • Important to nail down how frontend and backend will coordinate
  • Not clear when Max will transition into his new role
    • Partly depends on decisions by Toby around maps rollouts

Scrum of ScrumsEdit

Are we blocked?

  • None

Are we blocking?

  • None

Other dependencies (in either direction) which don’t need to be called out as “blocked” (e.g. are progressing smoothly, have no urgency, etc.)

  • None

Discovery NewsEdit

Quick Quarterly Goals/KPI Update (if needed)Edit

Discovery Roadmap FY2016/17:

This status was last updated 2017-04-11. Completed/dropped goals are not shown.

FY 2016-17 Q4 (Apr-Jun) goals:

  • Improve search by researching and load testing machine learning to automatically re-rank search results
    • Research and develop new models to determine which ones work best
    • Build out data munging and data pipeline to develop new models
    • Deploy automated model which matches current performance of manually-configured search result relevance
    • Begin performing load tests on new models to make sure they can be safely deployed to production
  • Improve search support for different languages by researching and deploying new language analyzers
    • Perform research spikes to find new analyzers for different languages
    • Test new analyzers to see if they are improvements
    • Deploy new analyzers that are found to be an improvement
  • Refine and test new design of search results page with occasional deployments
    • Test new functionality with at least 2 A/B tests
    • Analyze tests and gather community feedback
    • Roll out new functionality with small releases to production across all Wikipedias
  • Stabilize maps and graphs code base
    • Stabilize and fix high priority bugs


  • May 14-18: Discovery offsite in Vienna (right before the hackathon)
  • May 19-21: Hackathon in Vienna (right after the offsite)
  • May 29: US holiday
  • June 5: Tune-up (reorg) changes go into effect
  • June 7: CREDIT showcase
    • Signup:
  • June 19: WMF holiday
  • July 4: US holiday
  • July 18: Next All-Discovery retro
  • July 24-August 4: WMF staff encouraged to work remotely
  • Guillaume on vacation from July 10 to 21st
  • Guillaume off June 8-9