Wikimedia Engineering/WMF Tech Days 2012
WMF Tech Days is an annual meeting of Wikimedia Foundation engineering staff and contractors, held next to the Wikimedia Foundation all-staff meeting. All Wikimedia Foundation employees and most engineering contractors will participate.
Due to limited space, this is an invitation-only event, but we'll aim to document things in public as much as possible.
To mitigate people's exhaustion and stress level, this event will not be held on a weekend, and the second day will be less meeting-focused and structured more like a hackathon.
What, when, and where, summary edit
Web references edit
- Use this very wiki page for schedule and clean, readable information about the event.
- Use the Etherpad for messy, fun pre-event prep discussion and during-event meeting notes.
September 11 agenda edit
10:00am - Intro and Q&A by Sue. (1 large group, main room)
10:30 - 10 minute top line goals/roadmap review (Erik) (1 large group, main room)
10:45 - 11:05: Hear from each team a brief introduction (1 large group, main room)
- What do you do / what's your goal?
- What's your major pain point / blocker?
- What are you most proud of as a team?
11:05 - 11:20: Topic seeding, part 1: People write up things they'd like to make sessions of (1 large group, main room)
11:20 - 11:35: Brief explanations of each topic, plus show-of-hands for who's interested in attending, followed by schedule wrangling (1 large group, main room)
11:35 - 11:40: 5 minute break
11:40 - Sessions start - break out, both rooms
12:30 - Lunch
13:30 - Sessions continue / Training track
- Big room A:
- Universal language selector; we should ask for slides
- i18n discussion: note-taker needed
- Big room B:
- Agile discussion
- Notes at Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/TechDays-Agile by jon
- Big room C:
- MediaWiki Foundation
- Notes being taken by brion at Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/MediaWikiFoundation
- Long table room: Profiling tutorial, by Asher
14:30 - Sessions continue / Training track
- Big Room A
- Remote working/timezones suck (Antoine)
- Notes by Rob Lanphier, Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/WorkingRemotely
- Big Room B
- Mobile first design (Brandon)
- Notes: Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/TechDays-Mobile by Jon and Tomasz
- Big Room C
- Tagging - how to measure if we are moving the meedle (Dario/Ori)
- Conversation never started (?); no notes
- Parsoid: Declined to take notes
- Real-time analytics
- Large Table Room
15:30 - Department-level meetings / Sessions continue
- Big Room A/B
- Big Room C
- Test the XXXX out of your stuff (Antoine)
- Notes: Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/Testing
- Table Room
- Can WMF move the active editor needle? (Erik, Diederik)
- Notes: Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/MTN
- How can we engage anons better? (Fabrice, EE team)
17:00 - Reconvene / report-back (session summaries)
- Internationalization: talked about how people fail when i18n: there is a presentation and MW "i18n for developers" page Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/i18n-best-practices-sept2012
- MediaWiki Foundation: identified pains for 3rd party users, Debian/Fedora packaging, RFC on MW for the future of third-party wiki.
- Agile meeting was good...
- Testing: Wikimedia_Engineering/WMF_Tech_Days_2012/Testing
17:50 - room reconfiguration
18:00 - Dinner - @ The Box
19:00 - Drinks/Social event
September 12 agenda edit
TBD, but likely hackathon-style with less rigid agenda
On-site prep: 9am - 10am
12:30 - Lunch
17:00 - Hackathon showcase
Dinner? Possible last min beer/pizza order if people want to stick around
General logistics to know edit
- The place has two projectors. Assume VGA connectivity works.
Wishlist / parking lot edit
- Process fun
- 20% time / managing the CR backlog
- Cross-functional meetings
- Moving Mobile into MediaWiki core
- MediaWiki core vision: Scribunto, Parser, WikiData?…
- Universal Language Selector: impact/rollout discussion
- Design Toolkit rollout: style guide, etc.
- Google Summer of Code mentors retrospective and information-sharing
- QA / testing event planning
- Bug Wrangler / Product meeting
- Architecture review: Database sharding, memcached, API, ...
- Anatomy of a feature from a UI/UX perspective: Universal Language Selector (Pau Giner)
- Future vision of Wikimedia wikis - where do we want to be in 1 year/3 years and how do we get there?
- Performance: profiling using xhprof, query analysis, …
- Team sprints
- Ops deployment sprint: EQIAD / West Coast caching DC