Categories: Community

Web QA: 2015 – Year in Review

(Sorry it’s late – better late than never, yeah?)

As we did last year, it’s always great to revisit and highlight all the awesome work we did over the course of a year.

A lot of the great progress we made last year sets us up with really strong groundwork, in both technical and collaborative aspects, for an equally (if not — and hopefully moreso!) rewarding 2016!


Pictured, above, from left to right (clockwise): Rebecca, Matt, Stephen, Krupa, Dave, Justin, and Bob.

Full-size images here:

Team Highlights:

  • announced in June, but starting his contributions back in January, even, we welcomed Dave Hunt to the team, officially!
  • Stephen stepped into a new, individual-contributor role, and is happy to continue working with this great team, in a new capacity 🙂
  • to help bring our own team together a little more, as well as make our roles and services/offerings a little clearer to those with whom we work, we discussed and put our mission statement up on our team wiki
  • we identified the need for a “Buildmaster” role to better-identity, track, and drive build failures to resolution, which we instituted, and use across the entire team, on a rotation model
  • this also falls under Community, but, by and large, one of our biggest and most-impactful undertakings of 2015 was to finally make our Jenkins instance public.  There’s a much-more detailed blog post about it here:
  • through a combination of manual testing and our Selenium WebDriver automation, we tested and helped ensure that more than 15 website or Web applications were fully functional, end-to-end
  • to test and isolate upcoming Selenium releases, and help ensure our Grid was more reliable, we set up a staging Selenium Grid instance
  • working closely with WebOps on HTTP/2, we helped test early support for HTTP/2 in an upgrade to our Virtual Traffic Manager.
Marketing/Firefox Launch Campaigns:
  • Summer: coordinated, tested, and help ship both in-product and accompanying Web pieces for the June 1st launch of the Firefox Growth Campaign
  • Fall: all of the above efforts, again, for the November 3rd launch of the Firefox Growth Campaign
Test Automation:

Project-specific highlights:

  • Florin resurrected test-automation coverage, to help ensure that key, new profile features and supporting changes were tested, all throughout a crucial development cycle
  • together with Engagement Engineering, our test-automation became an integral part of the team’s build/delivery pipeline:
One and Done:
  • Updated from an old, unsupported version of Django (1.4) to the latest (at the time) (1.8)
  • Migrated the site from internal Stackato PaaS to Heroku
  • Enhancements to open up usage to more of Mozilla:
    • Removed QA-specific language
    • Created Team landing pages
    • Added a feature for tasks that require sign-off
    • Replaced the Leaderboard with a list of Recent Users
  • while our development team migrated the site/app (and its staging server) to the cloud, we cleaned-up and bolstered our test automation (just a sampling of the commits over the year)
  • we also reinvigorated the conversation around application quality through better workflow and deployment practices
  • we returned to, and renewed our efforts in both automated and targeted manual testing to SUMO:
    • we resurrected some high-level mobile tests
    • supported new features and revisited where we could help with additional test coverage


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