Introductory text, logos, or whatever the group wants here
AMER has a standing weekly crush session - all are welcome to attend. The Zoom link is pinned to the Slack channel and is here also.
AMER also has a weekly "NRTea Party" crush focused on unassigned NRT tickets or NRT tickets where the asignee is away on PTO. or otherwise not able to respond. All are welcome, the meeting is on the support team calendar.
When questions are asked of Kapok - for example, when asking for assistance with a specific ticket - Kapok engineers will respond with an emoji to show whether we have availability for the specific ticket or not.
Every morning for each region the Support Team Bot posts an update to the Kapok channel that
@ mentions support engineers who are anticipated to be working, with colored dots that correspond to staffing levels for SaaS and SM. (red circle: low, yellow circle: medium, green circle: high)
The AMER Kapok group usually starts a thread from this post describing what our priorities are for the day, including mentioning possible time AFK and challenging tickets.
If a handover to a customer's preferred region is requested, either due to a troubleshooting call request outside of your timezone or if general communication is easier in the customer's preferred region, please try to follow this process:
#support_gitlab-com, and self-managed:
When more than 2 agents in a given region are on PTO, relevant tickets and questions about coverage are usually discussed during our weekly Kapok Crush (Wednesdays), the NRTea Crush (Tuesdays), or ad-hoc via a Slack thread.
If you have questions about coverage or whether you should take PTO or not, feel free to start a thread in the Slack channel.
Note: Candid and honest communication about the impacts of PTO on the SGG team are completely OK as long as we're remembering our values when communicating with each other! Also note that we take our time away from work seriously, never feel bad about your PTO! We all need it.
In July 2022, the folks in Kapok in the AMER region gathered to learn more about one another by delivering presentations in a loose interpretation of the PechaKucha style. GitLab team members with access to this folder in Google Drive can watch and enjoy the video.