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Mozilla 2009 All Hands

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Slides from our employee all hands meeting in April 2009.

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Mozilla 2009 All Hands

  1. Mozilla All-Hands April 27, 2009
  2. I’ve been thinking a lot about this event & this talk
  3. The question was: What should I talk about?
  4. Harder than it seems... Mozilla’s too complex
  5. This point in time is too complex
  6. I thought for a while about doing a traditional all hands talk, like this...
  7. Mozilla Corporation All Hands Meeting john lilly / april 27, 2009
  8. 4 years ago... ~15 employees, 2 people in MozJP, 2 in MozEU No MoCo, no MoMo, noone in China, NZ... ~15 million users $15 million in the bank working on Firefox & Thunderbird 1.0.6 (& 1.0.7!)
  9. 2 Years later (2007 all hands)... around 100 people at MoCo
  10. Today: 250 people at the all hands! with interns on the way
  11. Today: Market
  12. Today: Market on the verge of 100M Active Daily Users (around 300M monthly)
  13. Today: Market on the verge of 100M Active Daily Users (around 300M monthly) passed 22% worldwide market share
  14. Today: Market on the verge of 100M Active Daily Users (around 300M monthly) passed 22% worldwide market share Firefox 3 now most used browser in the world?
  15. Today: Market on the verge of 100M Active Daily Users (around 300M monthly) passed 22% worldwide market share Firefox 3 now most used browser in the world? More stable financially than ever
  16. Today: Market on the verge of 100M Active Daily Users (around 300M monthly) passed 22% worldwide market share Firefox 3 now most used browser in the world? More stable financially than ever Strong relationships with all search vendors, creating new relationships outside of search
  17. Time to do a ropes course?? ;-)
  18. But that didn’t feel quite right
  19. So I thought about doing more of a product-oriented talk...
  20. MOZILLA SUMMER 2009 Firefox 3.5, Fennec & More
  21. 3.5 LOOKS FANTASTIC JS Speed on SunSpider vs Firefox 2 TraceMonkey JS Performance • Private browsing • <video> & <audio> native • Geolocation • 70+ localizations on day 1 • Firefox 2 Firefox 3 Firefox 3.5
  22. BRUTAL COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 2004 Firefox 1.0 IE8 2009 Firefox 3.5 2005 Chrome 2/Mac/Linux Safari 2 Firefox 1.5 Chrome Extensions 2006 ?? 2010 Firefox 2.0 IE7 2007 Safari 3 2011 2008 Firefox 3.0 Chrome 1.0
  23. FENNEC Getting usable quickly • Multiple platforms progressing • (maemo, Win, Symbian...) Add-ons already showing up • Having impact on Firefox as well •
  24. Seemed relevant to talk about, but not enough
  25. So I started thinking more about the impact we’re having in the world...
  26. Mozilla’s impact in communities
  27. Impact on organizations Governments, campaigns, schools...
  28. Not to mention these guys...
  29. ...but even that didn’t really capture the whole story...
  30. Question I kept thinking about How do organizations last 50 years?
  31. What does that even mean? And what does it mean for us?
  32. Think of some organizations that have been meaningful.
  33. ...for the past 5 years?
  34. ...the past 10 years?
  35. ...the past 20 years?
  36. ...the past 50 years?
  37. They all balance the long term mission with short term action.
  38. They all stay in balance Poetry & Pragmatics
  39. Need to balance poetry of mission pragmatics of doing things that matter to real people today
  40. Mozilla’s Poetry Mozilla’s Mission: To promote choice and innovation on the Internet
  41. Mozilla’s Poetry
  42. Mozilla’s Poetry Shows in hundreds of ways, every day
  43. Mozilla’s Pragmatics Fierce competition to build & enable communities and products that can make the world different
  44. A metaphor: The Glass House
  45. Poetry of glass Transparency & Openness
  46. Pragmatics of Glass Hidden engineering, continual redesign & maintenance
  47. A lot of hard work Tensions between poetry & pragmatics
  48. The most successful orgs balance, and always reinvent themselves, embrace the long term but also change
  49. So what does that mean for Mozilla? We need to continue to write new poetry. While solving our pragmatic challenges.
  50. so let’s talk about those pragmatic challenges...
  51. Our challenges for this year... 1. Organizational growing pains 2. Too much to do 3. Rapid rate of change
  52. Our challenges for this year & next 1. Organizational Growing Pains
  53. 250 people is a lot.
  54. seriously. this is a ton of people.
  55. impossible?? It’s hard to know everything that’s happening anymore.
  56. And it’ll be even harder tomorrow.
  57. Don’t Panic! This is totally normal.
  58. We need to find our own path.
  59. Here are a few things we need to really pay attention to Avoid becoming insular Remember to trust each other Over-communicate
  60. Above all, remember that we will make mistakes. So learn & move on.
  61. 2. Too much to do
  62. Way too much to do (by ourselves)...
  63. Need to work to find coherence desktop - mobile - services
  64. Successful organizations continuously generate new projects, involve new people
  65. and turn “outsiders” into “insiders”
  66. Projects for creating more insiders...
  67. 3. Rapid Rate of Change
  68. We’re in a more dynamic environment than ever
  69. with real competition on both “sides”
  70. and everyone’s noticed & understood & implemented their version of the “mozilla playbook”
  71. So we’re faced with a number of innovator’s dilemmas
  72. We need to continue to invest in the technology & process that’s gotten us here
  73. Disrupting ourselves but also to reinvent radically in some places.
  74. Some thoughts for this week
  75. This week Enjoy & be inspired by the people around you.
  76. This week Think big -- write new poetry. But also work on the pragmatics -- building & shipping things that matter.
  77. Questions & Discussion Images cribbed from: Tristan, Gen, Asa, William and probably a few others...

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