Wikimedia Release Engineering Team/Checkin archive/20190313


Vacations/Important datesEdit
How to do it
  • April 9-12: Greg at tech-mgt F2F in Portland
  • April 17-19 (Wednesday - Friday) - Željko vacation
  • April 22 (WMF Holiday) - US Staff
  • April 22-27: Team offsite in Chicago
  • April 29: Moved WMF Holiday for US staff at offsite
  • May 1st - Lars, Antoine and Željko, Labor Day / May Day
  • May 8th - Antoine, 1945 victory
  • May 15 (Wednesday) - Željko vacation
  • May 16-20 - Wikimedia Hackathon 2019 (Prague, Czechia)
    • Attending: Greg, JR, Zeljko, James, and Jeena
  • May 30th-31th - Antoine, Feast of the Ascension
  • June 10th - Antoine, Pentecost -- see for Antoine/France Easter holidays
  • May 27 (Memorial Day) - US Staff
  • June 6-7 - Brennen, Apogaea
  • June 19 (Juneteenth) - US Staff
  • June 17 - July 5 - Željko vacation

Rotating positionsEdit


Maniphest query for deployment blocker tasks:
  • Jan 07 - wmf.12 - Dan
  • Jan 14 - wmf.13 - Dan
  • Jan 21 - wmf.14 - Mukunda
  • Jan 28 - wmf.15 - No Train (All Hands)
  • Feb 04 - wmf.16 - Mukunda
  • Feb 11 - wmf.17 - Tyler
  • Feb 18 - wmf.18 - Tyler
  • Feb 25 - wmf.19 - Antoine
  • Mar 04 - wmf.20 - Antoine
  • Mar 11 - wmf.21 - Zeljko
  • Mar 18 - wmf.22 - Zeljko
  • Mar 25 - wmf.23 - Dan
  • Apr 01 - wmf.24 - Dan
  • Apr 08 - wmf.25 - Mukunda
  • Apr 15 - wmf.26 - Mukunda
  • Apr 22 - 1.34.0-wmf.1 - NO TRAIN, team offsite
  • Apr 29 - wmf.2 - Tyler
  • May 06 - wmf.3 - Tyler
  • May 13 - wmf.4 - Antoine
  • May 20 - wmf.5 - Antoine
  • May 27 - wmf.6 - Zeljko
  • June 03 - wmf.7 - Zeljko


  • Zeljko 4eva! :)

Team BusinessEdit

Book clubEdit

Spring OffsiteEdit

Monthly reflection on accomplishments - March '19 editionEdit
Add as you have them!

Q4 Goals planningEdit

Due: Monday March 18th, aka this Friday

Annual Planning is coming upEdit

Incoming/Needs attentionEdit

Pywikibot CIEdit

Post-mortem "MWException: No localisation cache found for English."Edit

> I think we missed running a scap pull and the cache generation. [when the server was repooled] > So that is a glitch in how we repool a MediaWiki server?

    • greg to follow-up

Merge blocker: The table 'l10n_cache' is full in quibble-vendor-mysql-hhvm-dockerEdit

Merge blocker: quibble-vendor-mysql-hhvm-docker in gate fails for most merges (exit status -11)Edit

Merge blocker: Failed to create /nonexistent/.pki/nssdb directoryEdit

FYI: Wikimedia-production-error (Shared Build Failure)Edit

Cannot access beta cluster dbEdit

Scrum of ScrumsEdit

Greg to copy to etherpad after meeting:

Incoming from last weekEdit

  • Blocking:

Outgoing this week (wrong section heading is on purpose for copy/pasting into Scrum of Scrums etherpadEdit

Release EngineeringEdit


  • Release Engineering

Train status and happeningsEdit
  • minor issue in MFE yesterday (undeclared variable, somehow not caught somewhere first)

Quarterly Goals for Q3Edit

TEC1 (Maint): Outcome 1 / Output 1.1Edit

GOAL: Automate the generation of change log notes
WHO: Mukunda, (Tyler on backup)

TEC1 (Maint): Outcome 1 / Output 1.1Edit

GOAL: Investigate notification methods for developers with changes that are riding any given train
WHO: Mukunda, Tyler

TEC3 (Pipeline): Outcome 1 / Output 1.2Edit

GOAL: Instrument Quibble for data collection
WHO: Mukunda, Antoine

TEC3 (Pipeline): Outcome 1 / Output 1.2Edit

GOAL: Create a graph where time is spent and make a prioritized list for improvements.
WHO: Mukunda, Antoine

TEC3 (Pipeline): Outcome 2 / Output 2.1Edit

GOAL: Select and integrate a code health metric solution into our tooling.
WHO: JR, ...

TEC3 (Pipeline): Outcome 3 / Output 3.1Edit

Adopt more services into Deployment pipeline - task T212801
cxserver, ORES (partially), citoid, changeprop, cpjobqueue (stretch)
Deploy eventgate
WHO: Dan, Tyler, Lars
  • changeprop

TEC12 (DevProd): Outcome 1 / Output 1.1Edit

GOAL: Conduct interviews with development stakeholders and compile a report that informs future work creation of a rubric.
WHO: Jeena, Mukunda

TEC13 (Code Health): Outcome 1 / Output 1.1Edit

Develop and communicate guidelines and best practices for successful Code Stewardship.
(Continued from Q2) Update/refresh review queue (review process for initial code deployment)
  • Created mockup for Code Stewardship dashboard
  • Created metrics tracking spreadsheet

TEC13 (Code Health): Outcome 2 / Output 2.2Edit

GOAL: 5 of the 15 prioritized repositories have at least 1 end-to-end test - task T206621
WHO: Zeljko

TEC13 (Code Health): Outcome 2 / Output 2.3Edit

Evolve/develop tools and processes to support the PE refactoring effort to improve code health.
Develop common test strategy that enable teams to engage in more effective and efficient testing practices. (maybe should be output 2.4?)
WHO: JR, Core Platform Team

  • made progress on addressing some of the action items from discussions with CPT
  • Started putting strategy to paper

TEC13 (Code Health): Outcome 3 / Output 3.2Edit

Speak at All Hands on the status of Technical Debt
Engage and coach development teams on their approach to managing technical debt.
WHO: JR, Core Platform Team

  • This goal area to be absorbed into broader Code Health goals moving forward.

TEC13 (Code Health): Outcome 4 / Output 4.1Edit

GOALs: Code Health Dashboard with 50% of repositories covered.
WHO: JR, Core Platform Team
  • SonarQube is available as experimental job for all extensions. Key step towards general availability of Code Health metrics dashboard.

Other non-goal workEdit





  • 2.15.11 still needs deployed due to healthcheck rollback

QA/Code HealthEdit




  • What I plan to do this week
  • What I'm blocked on
  • Other?




  • What I plan to do this week
    • Slides for c-level/board(?) meeting at end of month
    • Book reading
    • TechConf planning with Deb (meeting with big group on Monday)
  • What I'm blocked on
  • Other?


  • What I plan to do this week
    • Mostly still working with the Multimedia team on SDC stuff
    • Book reading!
  • What I'm blocked on
  • Other?


  • What I plan to do this week
    • Work on stewardship best practices, include relocate Code Stewardship page
    • Work on test strategy goal
  • What I'm blocked on
  • Other?


  • What I plan to do this week
    • Work on Localsettings in local-charts (automate manual config/install steps)
    • Other local-charts work
    • Read Book
  • What I'm blocked on
  • Other?


  • What I plan to do this week
    • CI WG
      • Pivotal meeting
      • Concourse
    • Read CD book
  • What I'm blocked on
    • possibly getting ill
  • Other?




  • What I plan to do this week
    • T206675 1.33.0-wmf.21 deployment blockers
    • T217901 Evaluate Phabricator Harbormaster
      • Mukunda will be glad to have a 1:1 if you'd like help with this one.
    • T214478 The first Selenium test for AbuseFilter
    • T217051 Echo notifications automation smoke test
  • What I'm blocked on
    • code health metrics (Kosta) blocked on releng (Tyler/Antoine)
      • thcipriani: I talked to Kosta a bit about this on Friday, I'd like to make sonarqube be triggered after the existing coverage jobs rather than reimplement the coverage jobs (I think thtat makes sense anyway)
  • Other?
    • Google calendar and Deployments calendar are not in sync :(


Team Kanban Board Review and TriageEdit

Once / month-ish review of backlog(s)Edit

Kanban statsEdit

Burnup chart