January 8, 2015 § 2 Comments
I have always tried to be as transparent as possible in work that I do at Mozilla. Why? I truly believe that thinking and working in the open gets better results. It gets more people engaged. It gives you access to more ideas and perspectives. And, ultimately, it leads to better thinking and better work. Working in the open is core to both who I am — and who Mozilla is.
Over the past year, I feel like I’ve become less good at this. I’m spending more time in Google Docs and video conferences. I’m spending less time blogging, working on wikis and participating in public calls and forums. On some level, this is just a change in what tools I use. But, on another, it’s a switch in my habits. The result is I have less of a transparency habit overall — and it’s harder for people to see what I am (and we are) working on.
As 2015 gets rolling, I want to change this. I want to get back in the groove with my transparency habits. I’m challenging myself to:
- Blog more, especially about our plans and progress.
- Tweet about what I’m working on so people who are interested can see what I’m focused on in any given week.
- Put key documents I’m working on on a central wiki for the project in question so that people can always find them and track them.
- Start reading Planet Mozilla and Planet Webmaker again so that I have a better sense of what others are doing.
- Do more work on public calls and public forums, and less on closed video calls.
These sound like small things — and in many ways they are. But these little habits can make a real difference in terms of getting people engaged and involved in what we’re doing. As we think about a more radical approach to participation at Mozilla, that’s important. And worth working on.
I encourage everyone at Mozilla to ask themselves: how can we all build up our transparency habits in 2015? If you already have good habits, how can you help others? If, like me, you’re a bit rusty, what small things can you do to make your work more open?
PS. Huge thanks to Humph for his Video Killed the Radio Star post late last year, which is one of the things that inspired me to work on better habits in 2015.