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Frontend Observability Working Group

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Date Created 2021-07-14
End Date TBD
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This working group will co-ordinate the organization of the effort to develop a frontend observability framework for Gitlab and establish guidelines for its usage. There is currently no method to instrument the frontend for the purposes of monitoring performance, especially across a range of devices and content. Error monitoring is possible but is mostly unused. This group will explore, define, and coordinate the development of system to make this instrumentation possible and document recommendations for use.

Scope and Definitions

This group will focus on creating a method for sending browser performance data to a frontend stats gateway that will allow the metrics to be accessed via our system, like the current backend metrics. Determining the details of this is part of the remit. Once this exists, the group will be responsible for documenting its use, as well as usage recommendations for error monitoring. This will allow frontend engineers to understand the performance of their code in various contexts and add another source of data to help find issues when new features are rolled out.

Stakeholders for this project include frontend engineers and SREs.

This group will not focus on instrumentation around user actions for product reasons; this is covered by Snowplow and has a different use case.


Exit Criteria

This working group will have fulfilled its purpose when:

Roles and Responsibilities

The functional leads will be responsible for:

Ideally the functional lead is someone who is an IC that might be affected by the policy put in place. but anyone capable of representing a department or sub-department in the fashion mentioned above is welcome.

Working Group Role Person Stakeholder Department Title
Executive Sponsor Tim Zallmann   Senior Director
Facilitator Sam Beckham Frontend:Verify Frontend Engineering Manager
Functional Lead Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo Frontend:Verify::Pipeline Authoring Senior FE Engineer
Functional Lead Drew Cimino Backend:Verify::Pipeline Execution Backend Engineer
Functional Lead Andrew Newdigate Infrastructure Distinguished Engineer
Member José Vargas López Frontend:Verify::Pipeline Execution Senior FE Engineer
Member Thomas Randolph Frontend:Create::Code Review Senior FE Engineer
Member Marius Bobin Backend:Verify::Pipeline Execution Backend Engineer
Member Miguel Rincon Frontend:Verify::Runner Senior FE Engineer
Member Dov Herskhovitch Product Manager:Verify::Pipeline Authoring Senior Product Manager
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