Team thoughts on continuous improvement 31
WTP 3.1 Debriefing 07/09/2009
Following our WTP 3.1 release, we'd like to have a short meeting with committers and contributors to discuss possible ways our project might improve.. These include things that you think we did well in this release and things that you think should be changed or improvements that can be made, process changes, etc. This feedback will become critical to our success for our next major release
Please use this page to express priorities, make notes, and brainstorm as many ideas as possible. You can add things before the meeting (or after) just make clear when added.
Things we've done well
Policy and practice of firm deadline for weekly I-build with same-day declare.
Regular, consistent weekly build good, even if actual delivery following Tuesday.
Some long standing performance bugs finally addressed (in XML Editing and related).
Plans (XML format and bugzilla entries) with dynamic, iterative updates.
Team discussion "broken out" so doesn't overwhelm WTP status call with detail.
Dates on Google calendar.
Frequent (weekly) but short status calls.
Things we'd like to improve on
Too many intermittent junit failures: especially in that there are too many long periods build failures. Failures (even compile errors) begin to be ignored since failures so common.
Builds take too long: especially in that it takes a long time to get notified if problem or not after checking in code.
Lack performance suite or benchmarks.
Lack of dependent project communication, such as emf or platform, both if and when "breaking" changes coming and once we learn of it, seems there's no central place to learn of all "breaking changes".
Hard for newcomers (even adopters) to get "acquainted" or integrated with WTP policies, practice, and rhythms so testing isn't done early enough and communication is awkward, hard and takes too long to get worked out. [The break-out meetings such as for JEE have helped.]
Lots of code checked in with no junit test (both new function and bug fixes).