The mozilla.com sprints are a series of two-week projects designed to:
- use the site as a showcase for the latest & greatest open web technologies
- reflect the full scope of the work going on in the Mozilla universe
- create content that gives users reasons to keep visiting even after they've downloaded Firefox
- continue optimizing the site to drive Firefox downloads and support other Mozilla goals
Each sprint is intentionally kept on a tight schedule so we stay focused on the main goal (resisting scope creep is key). The sprints will start on a Tuesday and end on a Tuesday two weeks later.
The general day-to-day breakdown is as follows:
- Day 1: scoping, wireframes, planning
- Day 2: better mockups
- Days 3-7: development
- Days 8-10: QA, fixes
- End of Day 10: launch
Q3 09 Sprints
1. Mid August: Download Stats
- refine the existing http://downloadstats.mozilla.com page and integrate it more into the mainstream of mozilla.com
2. Late August: Plug-In Problem
- create dynamic content that will notify people when their plug-ins are out of date (https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security:ThePluginProblem)
3. Mid September: Buzz Page
- give casual visitors a better idea of what's going on in the Mozilla universe by making syndicated content more prominent. Will create a Buzz Page that displays activity in an interesting and engaging way (like a Wordle?).
4. Late September: News Ticker
- building on the Buzz Page, create a small JS-based promo on the homepage to show a constant feed of what's going on around Mozilla...clicking on it would then link to the larger Lizard Feeder.
Q4 09 Sprints
1. Mid October: Community Page
- create more comprehensive directory of Mozilla-related sites...possibly tie in to the feeder/buzz page.
2. Late October: Press Center
- update and improve the press center pages
Ideas for Future Sprints
(please add more as you think of them, and be sure to add your name when you do)
- chofmann: lets do a sprint that gets us some content to help address the plugin updating problem. https://wiki.mozilla.org/Security:ThePluginProblem there is an immediate need for this right now. 98% or so of firefox users are exposed to a current zero day exploit running in the wild. adobe released a fix last week, but as usual uptake is slow.
- We <3 the Web - Twitter visualization showing off community activity.
- faaborg: improve the news ticker to be all information visualization-y kind of like the digg labs swarm and stack visualizations, so that people could watch Firefox development, and have a very visceral sense of what open source is.
- use technologies like canvas, <video>, etc to add non-Flash motion to the site...what if we could animate the homempage illustrations so the hot air balloons floated up & down, for example?
- periodically "take over" homepage with project-specific content...something for Mozilla Service Week, for example
- more user-specific content along the lines of what we're currently doing with the 4 different main Firefox pages
- update site font to utilize @font-face
- integrating add-ons more closely with Firefox
- recurring content (similar to Mozilla JP's monthly Foxkeh content)
- have a regular day when we serve up some twist in our regular content
- integrate community more
- feature other sites that are using open technologies well - Dailymotion (video), Google Maps (geolocation), etc
- a way for people to report when they see Firefox in the wild - on a TV show, or at an internet cafe in a remote location, or someone wearing a t-shirt in an unexpected place, etc
- pulling in content from various microsites - AMO, QMO, SFx, SUMO, etc - and displaying on the homepage
- improving search...fix results, and create pages to match popular search terms (especially when current searches aren't producing accurate content)
- polls...getting people more involved in the site
- more user agent sniffing to serve up alternate versions of the homepage
- improving page load times. faster pages == more downloads
- page for nightly builds (bug 413572)