The first week on the job at Igalia was… it was good, y’all. Upon formally joining the Support Team, got myself oriented, built a series of tests-slash-demos that will be making their way into some forthcoming posts and videos, and forked a copy of the Mozilla Developer Network (MDN) so I can start making edits and pushing them to the public site. In fact, the first of those edits landed Sunday night! And there was the usual setting up accounts and figuring out internal processes and all that stuff.
To be perfectly honest, a lot of my first-week momentum was provided by the rest of the Support Team, and setting expectations during the interview process. You see, at one point in the past I had a position like this, and I had problems meeting expectations. This was partly due to my inexperience working in that sort of setting, but also partly due to a lack of clear communication about expectations. Which I know because I thought I was doing well in meeting them, and then was told otherwise in evaluations.
So when I was first talking with the folks at Igalia, I shared that experience. Even though I knew Igalia has a different approach to management and evaluation, I told them repeatedly, “If I take this job, I want you to point me in a direction.” They’ve done exactly that, and it’s been great. Special thanks to Brian Kardell in this regard.
I’m already looking forward to what we’re going to do with the demos I built and am still refining, and to making more MDN edits, including some upgrades to code examples. And I’ll have more to say about MDN editing soon. Stay tuned!