Wikimedia Release Engineering Team/Checkin archive/20191211

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2019-12-11[edit]

Vacations/Important dates[edit]

https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/HR_Corner/Holiday_List
How to do it
  • December 1–2: Jeena
  • December 6: Lars (Finnish Independence Day)
  • December 23: James, Brennen, Greg (need to put it in Namely)
  • December 23–January 2: Lars
  • December 24–31 (Christmas): Staff with reqs (everyone? (yes))
  • 1 January (New Year's Day): Staff with reqs, Lars
  • 2–3 January: James
  • 20 January (Martin Luther King Jr. Day): Staff with reqs
  • 17 February (Presidents' Day): Staff with reqs
  • 9 March (DST+1 day): Staff with reqs
  • 24 April (Not-Easter): Staff with reqs
  • 25 May (Memorial Day): Staff with reqs

Rotating positions[edit]

Train[edit]

Maniphest query for deployment blocker tasks: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/maniphest/query/s3KW8bpsXhYF/#R


  • 25 Nov - wmf.8 [Group0 on Tuesday] - Brennen + Mukunda (Thanksgiving)
  • 2 Dec - wmf.8 part 2 [Wednesday Group1 + Thursday Group2] - Brennen + Dan
  • 9 Dec - wmf.10 - Dan + James
  • 16 Dec - wmf.11 - James + Jeena
  • 23 Dec - wmf.12 - No Train or any other deploys (Winterval)
  • 30 Dec - wmf.13 - No Train or any other deploys (Still Winterval)
  • 6 Jan - wmf.14 - Jeena + Lars
  • 13 Jan - wmf.15 - Lars + Antoine

SoS[edit]

  • Aug 14 onward: Zeljko 🎸 🎷 \o/

Team Business[edit]

Incoming/Needs attention[edit]

Offsite Actions[edit]

  • 🏂 In progress In progress [thcipriani] figure out what part of team meeting to move to phab
  • [Dan + Jeena] add Blubber to local dev
    • -> Q3 goals?
  • [Mukunda] Phab to local dev
    • -> Q3 goals?
  • [thcipriani] lunch and learns
  • [thcipriani/greg] Program/Project managers
    • [JDF] highlighted this to Grace, so she expects outreach to understand the role.


Q3 (Jan–Mar 2020) Goal Planning is upon us![edit]

Reduce Complexity of Platform Maintain and evolve developer tooling, testing infrastructure, validation environments, deployment infrastructure, and supporting processes

  • Localdev mw/core (Brennen + Jeena)
  • Gerrit 2.15 -> 2.16 (con't) (Thcipriani + Dan + Antoine)
  • Phabricator: eliminate elasticsearch for phabricator search (Mukunda + Brennen) https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T230787

Maintain and improve the Continuous Integration and Testing services

  • Quibble extension.json parsing + migration (James + Antoine + Jeena)
  • Pipelinelib documentation (Dan + Lars)
  • Migrate zuul deployment to scap3 (Antoine + Mukunda)
  • "integration" Cloud VPS project jessie deprecation (Antoine + James + Jeena)
  • Unnamed "New CI work" TBD after meeting with SRE (Dan + Lars)

Developers have a consistent and dependable deployment service

  • Scap: Use static php array files for l10n cache instead of CDB (Dan + Lars)
  • Pipeline migrations (con't) (Dan + Lars + James)

thcipriani: bold future james: I prefer task heierarchy, things get ignored in a project workboard, project tags theoretically are for extended period rather than a 1-off project mukunda: we could use milestones instead antoine: I have been using subprojects for short-term projects -- I like looking at a workboard


Timespent spreadsheet[edit]

For the avoidance of doubt: fill out the sheet week number for the previous week

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1YS_2eUQWUOnygshMfxgGPu93GKGCO5t00yjUREQ5B-I/edit#gid=244664871

    • reminder: your time spent doesn't need to total to 100%

Book club[edit]

Monthly reflection on accomplishments - December '19 edition[edit]

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Release_Engineering_Team/Monthly_notable_accomplishments
Add as you have them!

Scrum of Scrums for next week[edit]

Internal team notes, not for pasting into the SoS notes[edit]

Incoming from last week (aka this morning)[edit]

  • Blocked by:
  • Blocking:
    • Site Reliability Engineering - Requesting follow-up from Releng team regarding Gerrit/Zuul Prometheus metrics gerrit:479139
  • Updates:
Callouts[edit]
  • Release Engineering - December 23-January 3rd - No deploys (including train), Holiday break

Outgoing next week[edit]

  • Blocked by:
  • Blocking:
  • Updates:
    • Train Health
Callouts[edit]
  • Release Engineering - December 23-January 3rd - No deploys (including train), Holiday break

Train status and happenings[edit]

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Release_Engineering_Team/Roles#Train_Conductor

Standup![edit]

Antoine[edit]

Last week[edit]

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
  • Blockers

Other[edit]


Brennen[edit]

Last week[edit]

This week[edit]

Other[edit]

  • Shifting some time around this / next week for end-of-year medical appointments and such


Dan[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Learning how to document more effectively
    • Used branch.py to cut the wmf branch yesterday \o/
      • Thanks to Mukunda for his work on that script!
    • Noemie (daughter) got to sleep on her own and slept for 12 hours straight last night
  • Worst thing
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done Come up with questions for SRE re: third-party vs. WMF K8s platform
    • In progress In progress Reaquaint myself with scap codebase and look at ways to support PHP-based l10n
    • N Not done Talk to Brennen about pairing tooling research and experimentation
    • In progress In progress PipelineLib/Blubber user documentation
    • Yes Done (not needed) PipelineLib git clone improvements (depth and parallel clone support)
    • N Not done Tooling to simplify easier taskification of daily work
    • N Not done Taskify the above
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Train
    • Continue improving Pipelinelib + Blubber documentation
    • Establish a collaborative RelEng/SRE process for refining Seakeeper proposal
  • Blockers

Other[edit]


Greg[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Lost power for an hour, got to talk to some neighbors for a bit
  • Worst thing
    • I'm trying to be positive, yo
  • What I planned vs did
    • MTP/OKR metrics working group - going well
    • leveling/job codes - done for now
  • Unplannned
    • NewCI discussion with Erika

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • TechConf review, but that will most likely slip to next week, given my week is 4 days long in December
    • NewCI discussion with SRE (done)
    • MTP/OKR conversation with Birgit re renaming/titling the "Reduce Complexity" Key Deliverable
    • TechConf retro tomorrow morning with the ProgramCommittee
    • oh right, US Benefits confirmation
  • Blockers
    • time, self inflicted (taking off Fridays)
    • Rowan's 8th bday today

Other[edit]

James[edit]

Last week[edit]

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Train support & other UBNs.
    • CI metrics work.
    • Removal of Ruby daily selenium jobs, as part of contint1001 jessie->buster work.
    • Liaison between teams re. competing deployment thoughts.
    • More runbooks documentation.
  • Blockers

Other[edit]

  • Next week I'll be working from London, not San Francisco.


Jeena[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • judo :D :D :D
  • Worst thing
    • The dark days are here
    • sick again
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done Get caught up
    • N Not done key signing
  • Unplannned
    • Code Reviews
    • Updating patchsets
    • Book club
    • Reading
    • interview planning
    • all hands registration
    • benefits registration
    • local dev meeting

This week[edit]

Other[edit]


Lars[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Saw the Sun one day, for a whole half hour.
  • Worst thing
    • Only saw the Sun for half an hour.
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done Write and send out howto for signing PGP keys. phab:T239829
    • Read TechConf and offsite notes, extract any useful bits.
    • Yes Done Ponder SRE input on new CI from TechConf. Discuss with Tyler, Dan.
    • Do an Argo test deployment.
    • Yes Done Start work on documenting pipelinelib so it can be re-implemented for new CI.
    • Book club.
  • Unplanned
    • n/a

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Do a first draft of a threat model for CI
    • Read TechConf and offsite notes, extract any useful bits.
    • Do an Argo test deployment.
      • Meeting before this one remove my mental block and gave me hope
  • Blockers

Other[edit]

  • Less than two weeks until solstice! Days will be getting longer again!


Mukunda[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • Phabricator is on phab1001, Debian 10, failover very is well tested (monthly accomplishment!)
  • Worst thing
    • Phabricator notification server is (still) broken and will likely remain that way until DZahn returns from vacation
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done Finish my phabricator redundancy OKRs
    • N Not done Look into open-sourcing phabricator-antivandalism as I finally have the OK from our security team.
  • Unplannned
    • Added a "Backup train conductor" custom field to Maniphest (monthly accomplishment! -- also, awesome!)

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • Talk to brennen about phabricator pairing
    • Work on code review working group stuff: patch triage / code review office hours
    • Task grooming
  • Blockers
    • Need DZahn to be back from travel / vacation.

Other[edit]


Tyler[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • team is awesome
  • Worst thing
    • end of year brain dissolving
  • What I planned vs did
    • Yes Done Wrangle hiring loop
    • Yes Done ish Build SPoF program
    • Yes Done ish Q3 planning kickoff
    • N Not done Do keysigning!
    • Yes Done Register for all-hands (everyone!)
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • benefits in namely
    • Q3 planning/SPoF/Changes to this meeting
  • Blockers

Other[edit]


Zeljko[edit]

Last week[edit]

  • Best thing
    • talked at a local tech meetup abot software testing anti-patterns 🎸
  • Worst thing
    • safeguard 🤦‍♂️
  • What I planned vs did
    • ❌ work on testing related questions for interviews with developers ❓
    • ✅ expense report (Coupa)
    • ✅ prepare to close my company: paperwork, meet with accountant... 👔
    • ❌ read article for book club (can not attend book club) 📖
    • ✅ prepare talk about software testing anti patterns for local tech meetup 🎤
    • ✅ use more emoji 🤠
  • Unplannned

This week[edit]

  • What I plan to do
    • read article for book club 📖
    • follow up on various tasks from techconf 👨‍💻
  • Blockers

Other[edit]

  • I'm buying a Synology NAS for months now, hopefully I'll actually buy it this week 💾