Firefox/Activity Stream/Status/16-Jun-2017

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Firefox Activity Stream Program - Cross-Platform Status Report - June-16-2017

Project Health & Exec Summary

Green-sm.jpg On track, issues well managed Yellow-sm.jpg Some risks, unknowns without clear mitigations Red-sm.jpg Blocked on deliverables, needs decision, escalation required

Platform/Area Target Health Exec Summary
Desktop FF57


  • Engineering team works in 2 week iterations. The current Sprint 'Bridge on the River Kwai ends on June 25th.
  • Team continues to make good progress toward MVP with delivery on track for Firefox 57. Full MVP Backlog can be found HERE
  • The Graduation team has closed required bugs to pref on Activity Stream in Nightly and plans to implement during the current spring.
  • The MVP team is in discussion with teams for Snippets, Onboarding & Data Migration to determine details of work required to support functionality.
  • See 'Engineering Highlights (below) for further details.
  • The next OKR Triage is planned for Friday, June 30th. Updates on team OKR Progress can be found Here
Android FF??


  • No Updates/HOLD
  • MVP Backlog can be found here.
  • Schedule will need to re-baselined once all resources are back in place. 2/3 of team has been reassigned temporarily to another high-priority initiative (Focus for Android). No current ship date yet identified.
iOS V8.0


  • Current Sprint 1.24 - ending on June 25th
  • Activity stream bug-fixing & polishing continuing in this sprint. Development is on track and progressing well.
  • Overall MVP Backlog can be found here.
  • Beta 3 build containing Activity Stream is currently in Testflight.
  • Firefox for iOS V8.0 String Freeze and Feature Complete is today, June 16th
  • On track for submission July 14th and release July 21st
  • See 'Engineering Highlights (below) for further details.

Engineering Highlights From Last Completed Sprint


The Activty Stream ‘Apocalypse Now’ milestone ended June 11th. For a complete list of the issues resolved in the iteration please click HERE. Our new iteration, ‘Bridge On the River Kwai' is running through June 25th, and details may be found HERE.

The Graduation Team has landed the about:newtab Preferences Pane, implemented performance telemetry, and made great progress toward making sure all existing Firefox about:newtab tests pass.

The MVP Team has built out controls for collapsing/expanding Sections, as well as landed the new ‘Recent Bookmarks’ section, which is shown below.

Recent bookmarks.jpg

Because Activity Stream will be released on about:home as well as about:newtab, we need to support Snippets functionality as well as provide an interface to the Onboarding Tour, and Data (Profile) Migration. We have been working closely with these teams and are planning on having interfaces to this functionality in the Firefox 56 partial release to provide as much feedback as possible.

Lastly, Jennifer Davidson has completed the Activity Stream Diary Study, where she examined longer term use of Activity Stream over a number of days. This study focused on Pocket usage. We are really excited and happy about the RESULTS!


  • No new code landed. Development on hold per notes above.


As of Today (June 16th) we have now hit the Feature Complete milestone for Firefox for iOS V8.0, which is the delivery vehicle for the Activity Stream experience on iOS. The third beta build containing Activity Stream is now in TestFlight, and the team will continue to review feedback and make improvements as we approach the submission target of July 14th.

In the last sprint (1.23 ended June 11th) Farhan updated the context menu in the New Tab experience with new icons and a cooler blur. He also added initial support for pinning Top Sites to the New Tab page.

  • For a complete list of issues resolved in sprint 1.23 please click HERE

Risks & Issues

The Activity Stream Desktop Team has completed a separate risk assessment document which can be reviewed HERE.

Description of Risk/Issue Affected Platform(s) State Owner Version Plan to Resolve/Mitigation Target Date
Android AS resource availability Android Open Eng 2/3 Android resources temporarily reassigned. June 20

Development Status References

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