Firefox/Input/Snow removal

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Snow removal


Input's current project manager lives just outside of Boston. In the last week of January and first couple of days of February 2015, they received over 4 feet of snow.

This project covers rearchitecting the shoveling component for more optimal snow removal.



  • January 27th, 2015: Will received around 32 inches of snow.
  • January 30th, 2015: Will received another 3 inches of snow and broke a shovel.
  • February 2nd, 2015: Will received another 18 inches of snow making it more than 4 feet in 7 days. Ugh.
  • February 3rd, 2015: Will wrote up this project plan.
  • February 5th, 2015: More snow with a forecast suggesting it's going to snow every day for the next week.
  • March 9th, 2015: Completion of phase 1. The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's above freezing. Most likely done with storms. WIN!

Phase 1

This phase covers identifying key failures in the existing snow shoveling system so that we can address and alleviate them in Phase 2.

Things to look at:

  1. single point of failure in snow removal
  2. long periods of downtime during snow removal due to serial nature of snow removal personnel
  3. tools break


  1. If you wait enough time, it will pass.
  2. Friendly neighbors with snowblowers are true blessings.
  3. Young ones aren't helpful for snow removal, yet.

Phase 2

Come up with a better system and process to migrate from the old system to the new one.