Development process improvement

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Project justification[edit]

The growth of the Wikimedia Foundation's engineering programs and the scale of our ambitions necessitates more systematic thinking about all aspects of engineering process and engineering management. This includes:

  • Public documentation of projects, status updates, summary reports, and current resource allocation
  • Appropriately resourced code review / deployment / release train for both MediaWiki core and extensions
  • Effective work methodologies for all Wikimedia engineering teams
  • Selection of appropriate process support tools, ideally open source
  • Optimized internal and external request tracking and resource allocation

Current priorities[edit]

Draft for discussion at 6/14 engineering management meeting

  • (Lead: All) Allocate appropriate resources to code review / deployment / release process; develop related resource allocation policy
  • (Lead: General Engineering) Continue (based on /Pages organization and related pages) standardization of public reporting / status pages, esp. public resource tracking
  • (Lead: Features) Integrate Etherpad notetaking into public wiki pages to ensure visibility of progress
  • (Lead: Features/Product) Develop documentation on WMF feature development process
  • (Lead: General Engineering) Standardize testing frameworks, increase test coverage, and improve test integration into code review process

Working drafts[edit]

Status updates[edit]

From Status updates:

2011-06-14[edit]

Alolita, Erik, Rob, Sumana, Ct, Tomasz, Danese had an initial meeting with ThoughtWorks in which we discussed challenges related to the code review/deployment/release management process and engagement of the broader open source community, primarily to help evaluate a possible engagement on continued process improvements; Erik will follow-up.

2011-07-07 and 2011-07-08[edit]

"QuickStart" meeting with ThoughtWorks, see wikitech-l announcement. Meeting Notes (DRAFT).

2014[edit]

Wikimedia development and deployment flowchart.png

2014-01-22[edit]

  • notes
  • photos (see those that start with "Dev Deploy Process...")

2011-07-07[edit]

2015[edit]

Previous work[edit]

See /Archive