Home is Where the Work Is

In Home is where the work is my colleague Cate talks about remote working, tools for communicating in distributed teams, and fascinating bits of detail about her daily routine and habits for getting work done. (Via "Increment" Magazine). See also: Where is Automattic? Our HQ is right near you.

Understand By Doing

This wonderful exposé in Kinfolk on fashion designers and artists Isabel & Reuben Toledo struck me in both its beauty, and a clear description for understanding a business or a craft. Do it yourself. The only way to truly understand how every piece of [a] business can be assembled…is to do it all yourself. — Isabel Toledo … Continue reading Understand By Doing

How Canaries Help Us Merge Good Pull Requests

Technical update from my colleague Alister for how WordPress.com uses automated tests for build confidence, now running for on GitHub pull requests instead of after deployment to production. The tests and webhook “bridge” infrastructure are open source just like the Calypso source code itself.

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At WordPress.com we strive to provide a consistent and reliable user experience as we merge and release hundreds of code changes each week.

We run automated unit and component tests for our Calypso user interface on every commit against every pull request (PR).

We also have 32 automated end-to-end (e2e) test scenarios that, until recently, we would only automatically run across our platform after merging and deploying to production. While these e2e scenarios have found regressions fairly quickly after deploying (the 32 scenarios execute in parallel in just 10 minutes), they don’t prevent us from merging and releasing regressions to our customer experience.

Introducing our Canaries

Earlier this year we decided to identify three of our 32 automated end-to-end test scenarios that would act as our “canaries”: a minimal subset of automated tests to quickly tell us if our most important flows are broken. These tests execute after a pull…

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Happy Second Birthday AMP

Great to see this report via WordPress.com VIP of the huge improvements driven by AMP on conversions, traffic, and time spent on page. Drives home the fact that mobile is everything, even in the WordPress world.

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Today the AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) project turns two. As part of a look back and ahead, the AMP team at Google has shared impressive data today that quantifies its positive impacts on time spent on page (2X), traffic (10% increase), and sales conversions (20% increase compared to non-AMP.) We’re proud to be a part of AMP’s unfolding story, and to continue to make it easy for WordPress users, from the individual author to the largest global media and marketing organizations, to take advantage of these powerful open source tools.

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From early on we saw AMP as an important project to support because of its core focus on improving the mobile web experience for both publishers and readers, and for its commitment to the open web. We were proud to be the first platform to integrate with AMP, and continue to iterate on the plugin to…

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(Listen) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh

I highly enjoyed Kai Ryssdal's conversation with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on NPR's "Corner Office from Marketplace" podcast. https://www.marketplace.org/2017/09/27/world/microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella-hits-refresh/popout On Microsoft's mission in the world (hint: it's not "a computer in every home and on every desk," which is a goal, not a purpose) [22:33]: We want to democratize the use of technology to create more technology. [Interviewer, … Continue reading (Listen) Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hits refresh

(Video) Interview with Jack Dykinga

An interview with a photography legend, Jack Dykinga, a Pulitzer-prize winner, who has become one of the best landscape photographers in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1b1MAbXe3o My favorite note from his philosophy: "Sometimes your voice can be more of a whisper than a shout." Applies to writing and software just as much as photography and art. More … Continue reading (Video) Interview with Jack Dykinga

Change Your Angle

A cognitive empathy experiment: Do you see differently when you change your angle of view? I heard a perfect example of this recently in the NPR "Hidden Brain" podcast. The episode's guest speaker describes a medical organization where doctors and nurses wouldn't notice details in hospital rooms to make patients more happy and comfortable — … Continue reading Change Your Angle

(Listen) You 2.0, Hidden Brain on NPR

Two weeks ago I mentioned the notion of think as a poet, work as a bookkeeper. Not surprisingly I heard an echo of this on a new summer series on the "Hidden Brain" NPR radio show. The first episode — You 2.0: The Value Of 'Deep Work' In An Age Of Distraction — features Deep Work author Cal Newton (I haven't … Continue reading (Listen) You 2.0, Hidden Brain on NPR

(Video) CSS Grid Changes Everything

If you make websites, this is must-watch TV: CSS Grid Changes Everything (About Web Layouts) with Morten Rands-Hendriksen at WordCamp Europe 2017. https://youtu.be/txZq7Laz7_4   An educational and engaging presentation by @mor10 (epic pun on his Twitter handle!) that explains everything you need to know to move past float and flex and start using CSS grid today … Continue reading (Video) CSS Grid Changes Everything

Data for Breakfast, via Reader

Have you checked out data.blog yet? Data for Breakfast – Ideas and Insights from the Data Team at Automattic. Geektastic. Bookmarked and now following new posts with the WordPress.com Reader. Speaking of which, with significant improvements in recent months I've now stopped using other RSS readers and moved everything there. A great way to get lost … Continue reading Data for Breakfast, via Reader