On July 25-30, all of RelEng held a work week in Toronto. As usual for these work weeks, we do project planning for next quarter(s), brainstorm open issues, reviews of major projects completed since the last work week, do face-to-face reviews, and even (this time) practice some public speaking as well as sign up to write part of a book (more details soon)!
Between everything else, we made time to tour Mozilla’s still-under-construction new Toronto office. This photo taken at the freight elevator, at the back of the office, standing between piles of construction supplies.
In case you don’t know all these smiling faces, they are:
standing L->R: bear, joduinn, lsblakk, bhearsum, rail, mjessome, catlee, jhford, joey.
kneeling L->R: coop, aki, armenzg, nthomas.
Given the high-stress nature of the job, and also the very distributed nature of the group, our group cohesion, as well as our trust, respect, love for each other is self-evident and something I’m truly in awe of. This means more to me then I can find the right words for.
Every RelEng work week is always an exhausting hectic week, and yet, I always find it really invigorating also. At the end of each week, as we are saying our goodbyes and heading for various planes/homes, I find myself missing everyone deeply and starting to look forward to the next gathering….currently scheduled for February 2012.