Update on 0.9.4
Friday September 7th, 2001
We asked Asa for a quick status on 0.9.4's status, which was for release this weekend, and here's what he had to say:
#87 Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The Poll
Monday September 10th, 2001 3:14 PM
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It's not a matter of people not working hard enough. I think your background as a project manager must be rather limited if your only response to problems on a project is to try to get people to work harder. Structural problems need structural solutions.
The first step to solving a problem is to admit and define it. Mozilla is a program in crisis. The fact that the release schedule last Fall had it shipping in January of this year, and that there is now no release schedule, proves that. The ever-increasing defect curve also proves that. The answers to problems like that are structural, not cheerleading. If you and the rest of the drivers could even admit the problem, then the powers that be could look at possible solutions, like hiring more QA staff to get the out-of-control defect curve investigated, and to do root-cause analysis of the sources of recurring defects. Or maybe it turns out that a project of this scale can't be staffed by volunteers, and can only be completed by trained and paid professionals.
I'm not saying these are the solutions, only that these and other structural solutions to the project crisis don't even seem to be getting considered. You blew up at me when I simply mentioned root cause analysis a few months back. Bizarre.
You and the rest of the drivers appear to be in denial, and being in denial means the problems can't be solved. You may think this has a positive morale effect, but you're wrong. The failure to solve the problems has a much bigger negative morale effect than any amount of cheerleading. People know there are big problems. They're looking to you to solve them.