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Planning Meeting Details

  • Wednesdays - 11:00am PT, 18:00 UTC
  • Mountain View Offices: Warp Core Conference Room
  • Toronto Offices: Finch Conference Room
  • #planning for backchannel
  • (the developer meeting takes place on Tuesdays)

Video/Teleconference Details - NEW

  • 650-903-0800 or 650-215-1282 x92 Conf# 99696 (US/INTL)
  • 1-800-707-2533 (pin 369) Conf# 99696 (US)
  • Vidyo Room: ProductCoordination
  • Vidyo Guest URL
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Actions from Last Week

Schedule & Progress on Upcoming Releases

Firefox Desktop

Current Releases

  • Pwn2Own starts today so we have point people for all areas of a release should a 19.0.2 chemspill become necessary this week

Beta (128)

  • 20.0b3 went to build yesterday, last beta for taking speculative fixes goes to build Tues March 12th in the morning

Aurora (54)

Nightly (129)

Firefox Metro

Project Performance

  • From Iterations #1 - #2:
    • Total Points Completed: 62
    • Total Stories Closed: 11
    • Team Point Velocity: 31 per iteration
    • Average Stories Closed: 5.5 per iteration
    • Average Point Closure Rate: 29% per iteration
    • Scope Change (Defects and Changes): 17 points over 7 stories
  • Story Backlog: 26 stories ready for upcoming iterations.
  • Legacy Backlog: 6 stories remaining for QA testing.
  • On Hold Backlog: 4 stories remaining for Product Manager clarification before being moved into Story Backlog.
  • Planning Backlog: 33 stories for Team to review, relate to work items and assign point values.
Iteration #1
  • Iteration Points
    • Committed = 102
    • Completed = 30
    • Closure Rate = 29.4%
  • Scope Change
    • New Defects Generated = 0
    • New Changes Generated = 3 points over 1 story
Iteration #2
  • Iteration Points
    • Committed = 110
    • Completed = 32
    • Closure Rate = 29.1%
  • Scope Change
    • New Defects Generated = 4 points over 2 stories
    • New Changes Generated = 10 points over 4 stories

Iteration #3 - In Progress

  • Team Commitment: 72 points over 12 stories
  • Progress To Date:
    • 22 points completed over 7 stories.
    • 30.5% closure rate on points.
    • 50 points over 5 stories remain to complete iteration.

Iteration #4 - Upcoming

Firefox Mobile

Current Releases

  • bug 848441 – we're going to build a custom mobile-only 19.0.1 to build a custom release (not pushed to the Play Store) to support a couple of their upcoming handsets and partner requirements
Blog Shout Out
Post-MWC Work week in London!
  • Lot's of excellent brainstorms, discussions, hack sessions. One of the themes for today was our continued obsession with improving performance and responsiveness. UX improvements, expanding measurements and benchmarks were all discussed and solid next steps were documented to make the ideas actionable.
  • General agenda:
  • Expect lot's of interesting news once the team is back to their home offices next week

Beta (128)

Aurora (54)

  • We're buttoning this release up in time for beta readiness on April 2nd
  • We welcome any feedback regarding how our new web content fonts (Open Sans and Charis) are looking on your favorite websites, do chime in and relate any bugs you file to: bug 831354

Nightly (129)

  • NFC sharing landed bug 726335 - Use NDEF Push with NFC (Android Beam | API level 14) for transferring currently focused tab


Firefox Health Report

  • Now enabled on Aurora for Fx21
  • Android aiming for Fx22, work already landing, dependencies are tracking from bug 828654
  • Working on a policy/process for future additions

Product Announcements

  • No updates, PMM on deck to start using the tool

Add-on SDK

Release (1.13.2 -> Firefox 19, 20)

Stabilization (1.14 -> Firefox 20, 21)

Development (Firefox 22)

  • remaining Firefox 21 PWPB work should be completed by EOW, but has taken longer than expected.
  • blog post about PWPB support & issues in the SDK
  • Dev Tools team ( including Jetpack ) are in beautiful downtown Sunnyvale next week for a work week, so no audible, etc.

Feedback Summary


Win 8 Crashes: Reports of crashes are steadily going down on Win 8 after the 19.01 release
PDF.js: Feedback is stable as well. No new critical issues to report. Big thanks to pdf.js team for all the great work.

  • The new PDF viewer is bloody marvellous - massively improves my internet experience to have a lightweight alternative to Adobe. Job well done.
  • I really like the PDF reader! Been using Firefox since before version 1.0! Keep up the good work! -JC
  • I LOVE the new builtin PDF rendering. Awesome! So fast! So safe!

Firefox 19 Sentiment Report: Available next week.


We are tracking slowness on JB+ devices on input.

We have a new autotagger system! We are currently working on growing and expanding the tools we have at our disposal. Expect more details soon.

User Experience (Design & Research)

Do not panic! These updates have been sparse in the run-up to MWC, so this is a "Best of Firefox UX updates" list for the last month.

  • [desktop]
    • [misc]
      • Consolidating our papercuts/axe-wounds lists; new reddit "tell us your issues" thread planned for later this week (limi, bwinton)
    • [Australis] (Zhenshuo, Shorlander)
    • [Social API] (Boriss)
      • Worked with team on menu design, language, UI for next phases of patches (mockups, some also done in meetings & whiteboards)
      • Met with developers & F1 designers, sketched next iteration as share panel design
      • Worked on solutions to multi-provider & switching in next versions (mockups)
    • [newtab2] (Boriss)
      • Planned with research (particularly Cori, Gregg, and Ilana) what data could be gathered to help inform design, including from previous work and current MicroPilot study on Multi-search (etherpad on needed data)
      • Moved designs for testing ahead, with collaboration with bizdev (presentation), research, and engagement, currently incorporating updates to in-page Australis content (planning doc,schedule)
      • Worked with Blake Winton on prototyping for testing (one version under active dev)
      • Researched alternatives to thumbnails for testing, iterated with bclark, decided to test with Junior-style brand-centric messaging
  • [GuM/webRTC] (Boriss)
    • Worked on webRTC bugs, including notification and styling (mockups)
  • [Behavioral Segmentation Study (Project Meta)] (Lindsay, Bill, Leo)
    • Quantitative study is complete. We had 1000 respondents to our survey. We are currently analyzing the results and will be finish the analysis this week.
    • Next steps:
      • Realign user types based on quantitative results.
      • Report and presentations. There will be a Brownbag presentation to Mozilla at-large and a presentation to the UX team in early April.
  • [Global UX Research for Firefox Desktop]
    • Completed market assessment of potential emerging markets. Thanks to Patrick Finch and Margaret Schroeder from the Market Research team for all their support!
    • Meetings with Mozilla community members in a potential emerging markets to understand cultural, market, and technology context.
    • Planning on beginning fieldwork in May–early June.
    • Meeting with stakeholders to finalize 2–3 primary global emerging markets in which to conduct qualitative UX and product research in 2013.
    • Meeting with potential partner research firms who have logistical expertise in primary global emerging markets.

Market Insights from the Product Marketing Strategy Team

Desktop / Platform



  • A survey by HTML5 tools vendor Kendo UI found that 50% of developers developed HTML5 apps in 2012, but 90% plan to in 2013, and that only 15% of developers would do "native-only" development.



  • Opera skipped version 13 and went directly to Opera Beta 14 for Android for the new WebKit-based version of their browser. Initial reviews have been positive, both for performance and for the inclusion of a "Discover" curated content discovery tool. Some of the first WebKit patches from Opera engineers also landed.

Canonical / Ubuntu




Marketing, Press & Public Reaction

Desktop Marketing

  • Marketshare holds "steady as a rock" at 20% for February. 
  • Mobile World Congress: It's now over! As you've heard it was a huge sucess. Top WebRTC question: "When will it be available on Android?"
  • Other Desktop Projects: Speaking to SEO vendors, Social API multi-provider planning, ongoing release planning

Questions, Comments, FYI

  • Jeff & Axel (l10n) would like to know who should be involved in eliminating the fx old locale betas from the bottom of Also, L10n Drivers will be in Mountain View & San Francisco from March 17 - 22 for l10n workweek.

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