Mozilla Learning in 2015: our vision and plan

This post is a shortened, web page version of the 2015 Mozilla Learning plan we shared back in December. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be blogging and encouraging team and community members to post their reflections and detail on specific pieces of work in 2015 and Q1. Please post your comments and questions here — or get more involved.

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Within ten years, there will be five billion citizens of the web.

Mozilla wants all of these people to know what the web can do. What’s possible. We want them to have the agency, skills and know-how they need to unlock the full power of the web. We want them to use the web to make their lives better. We want them to know they are citizens of the web.

Mozilla Learning is a portfolio of products and programs that helps people learn how to read, write and participate in the digital world.

Building on Webmaker, Hive and our fellowship programs, Mozilla Learning is a portfolio of products and programs that help these citizens of the web learn the most important skills of our age: the ability to read, write and participate in the digital world. These programs also help people become mentors and leaders: people committed to teaching others and to shaping the future of the web. Continue reading Mozilla Learning in 2015: our vision and plan

What we’re working on this Heartbeat

Transparency. Agililty. Radical participation. That’s how we want to work on Webmaker this year. We’ve got a long way to go,  but we’re building concrete improvements and momentum — every two weeks.

We work mostly in two-week sprints or “Heartbeats.” Here’s the priorities we’ve set together for the current Heartbeat ending January 30.

Questions? Want to get involved? Ask questions in any of the tickets linked below, say hello in #webmaker IRC, or get in touch with @OpenMatt. Continue reading What we’re working on this Heartbeat

How should we do Heartbeats in 2015?

NOTE: this is an open, straw person draft in search of your feedback, edits, love and interrogation. Please comment and ask questions so we can refine and turn this into a polished piece of documentation.

We’re coming up on a new year and a fresh start. We’ll start using some shiny new tools, double down on distributed  leadership, and streamline our processes for getting shit done. Part of that is about refining our two-week “Heartbeat” process for planning and  communicating. This post outlines some proposals for doing that.

Where do we want to improve? 

  • Openness. More visibility for all stakeholders. Easier to see what we’re working on. Plus: easier to get your own ideas and work into the queue.
  • Continuous improvement. Move faster, work smoother, work better.
  • Putting 2015 plans into action. In Portland we crafted a solid set of quarterly milestones. Next we’ll refine the process for putting those milestones into action — one  heartbeat at a time.
  • Cross-team collaboration. We need to co-ordinate well across all teams to succeed (in 2015 more than ever).
  • Build on what works. Small teams that know what they’re accountable for and have the freedom to move. With two-week chunks as the atomic unit of work.

Continue reading How should we do Heartbeats in 2015?