tl;dr -- Jump to the "In the US" part
Almost a year since I haven't written anything in this blog. And since Bugzilla is down right now, I'm going to take the opportunity
since I can't work on anything else and everything depends on it until it's back up again to give an update on what I've been up to recently.
My job title still reads Community Coordinator on my business card... but let's just say that's simply a wording that sounds pretty and nice. It's more than time that I explain what I actually work on. And send this blog post out to my family to give them yet another chance at understanding what it is that I'm doing.
Let's start with some background.
Before the US
When I started at Mozilla almost 5 years ago as an intern (time flies), I worked mainly on Web Localization in English and Spanish. I was discovering a whole other world, coming from Literature and Civilization studies. For the first time, I felt really interested in what I was working on. It's great to feel like you're actually doing something to make this world a better place. When I started working as a full-time employee a bit more than 4 years ago, I progressively moved on to Events' Organization and Community-related tasks. This was mainly with European Communities at first, before working with world-wide communities. At that time, my sister would explain to people that I was a Party-Planner. I don't really know what to say about that I also worked on some administrative tasks within Mozilla Europe (that part was less like party-planning ). Oh yeah, I forgot to say that I was based in the Paris Office. At the time we were like 6 in that office. These were what I call the "Good Ol' Times", and it felt like living in a close-knit family. It was awesome.
In those days I created Women & Mozilla. What at first was supposed to be a small, European-centric community project very quickly became an international project. In my naivety, I had not expected this at the time. I've learned so much with WoMoz, and still am as a matter of fact. It's quite an exciting and humbling adventure - and it is even more as the project continues to grow and more contributors join. I have to admit there was a time of stagnation with this project. Lot's of doubts and insecurities, at least on my side. But during these past years this has changed as the project's scope has widened, and along with that so has people's expectations, presence and support. Without spoiling the fun, let me just say that 2013 will be a great year for WoMoz. Just wait and see.
Anyways. All that time I felt like I wanted to continue learning more. Get even more involved in the Mozilla Project, and explore new aspects on a more technical side. I've always loved to work on different stuff, and learn entirely new things. Thankfully, I shared this thought around me. And thankfully, Mozilla is the kind of company where you can try out new things if you're really interested in them. So that's how I started checking out what QA was like. And hey, it's interesting.
In the US
I arrived in Mountain View in mid-January of this year. Took Nicolas and my 2 dogs in my pocket with me (I have big pockets). I'm still on the l10n team here (=Localization=more or less translation) and I continue working with communities world-wide, as well as on WoMoz. But most of my day is dedicated to working on doing l10 QA for Boot-to-Gecko (more known as FirefoxOS, the awesome and revolutionary open mobile OS). I'm sure my entire family understands now: "oh great Delphine, you're doing l10n QA for B2G. Why didn't you tell us before?!" They probably imagine I work with R2D2 and C3P0 now.
So more concretely, here's what I've been doing since I got here:
- daily looking at, checking and verifying localization bugs for the main locales present in b2g builds
- verifying late-l10n bugs
- learning how to use Moztrap (our test case management system)
- running the Moztrap test cases for l10n (v1.0.1)
- creating new test cases
- working on the b2g l10n QA-wanted bugs
- testing localized versions of phones in order to check that they could be demoed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week
- daily working through screen-test verifications of different locales, using the latest available nightly builds
- checking any internationalization issues that might arise: such as inconsistencies between the use of a certain locale and the UI displayed at that moment (ie the date/time format, calendar format, etc)
- going through error notification screens, making sure that everything is localized there as well
- filed my first blocker bug! And others since \o/
- and any bug-finding, bug-reproducing, bug-opening, bug-commenting, bug-closing, bug-squashing related task possible that you can think of...
I'm probably forgetting some things, but these are the main tasks that I perform on a daily basis now. I'm still learning so please bear with me and don't hesitate to reach out to me if there's anything. Stop by my desk, drop me an email, ping me on IRC, whatever. I'll be more than glad to help out.
And I promise, next time, I'll give a more standard and "normal" status update on my work.
I just couldn't help it this time, it had been too long since I had written here for it to be a short and bland blog post.