Review of the Testdays Program

Anthony Hughes

Hello Mozilla QA Community, I’m writing today to seek your assistance.

Another year is coming to a close and we’ve seen no significant uptick in participation. Later this year we made a focused attempt to relaunch the Testdays program with a focus on mentorship. This work is largely on-going thanks to the help of Aaron Train, Gabriela Montagu, and Jennie Halperin. As the year comes to a close I can’t help but think we have a lot of work ahead of us. I’d like to start the new year by completely throwing away any past assumptions and to start anew. However, we can’t do that without your help.

Jennie has suggested that we conduct a SWOT analysis so we can better understand the impact and challenges of running testdays. To this end, I’ve set up an etherpad to start collecting your feedback.

  • If you’re someone who currently participates in testdays we need to understand what motivates you to participate each time.
  • If you’re someone who used to participate but no longer does we need to understand what drew you away from testdays.
  • If you’re someone who developed a feature that was a focus of a testday in the past we need to understand what benefit, if any, it brought to your work.
  • If you’re someone who has never participated in a testday before we need to understand how we’ve failed to motivate you.

I encourage you all to be as candid and detailed as possible. The more open and honest the feedback we receive the more likely we are to succeed in the future. We will be reviewing the feedback at next week’s meeting on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

Thank you