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Verify Engineering Update - December 4th, 2020

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Verify Engineering Update
Hello again!
Thanks for reading this issue of the Verify Engineering Update, hopefully this content is proving useful. As always, please share any feedback you have in this issue, or send it to me directly either on Slack, or to dfrey@gitlab.com.

Team
Verify Technical Discussions
On Thursday, December 10th, Grzegorz will be leading a session on Prometheus, Grafana, and Kibana in the next Verify Tech Discussions meeting. If you don’t have the calendar invite, please let me know and I will get you added.
Testing is now a Combined Team
The Testing group has moved to a Combined Team. Which means that all engineers in the Testing group (both Frontend and Backend) will report to Ricky Wiens, instead of having separate managers for Frontend and Backend as we do on other teams (handbook change here).
Product
AWS ECR Public Launch Partner
This week AWS launched Amazon Elastic Container Registry Public and GitLab Runner was selected as an initial launch partner!
Pipeline Editor and Visualization MVC
The Pipeline Authoring group has made great progress on the Pipeline Editor and Pipeline Visualization and will be rolling out an MVC in 13.7.
Test History MVC
The Testing group will be rolling out and update to the Test Summary Widget for gitlab-org projects very soon. This update will add a quick way of identifying flakey tests for a particular build.
Merge Train Improvements
The Continuous Integration group is beginning work on a highly requested feature to add fast-forward merge support to Merge Trains. It’s exciting to see these continued improvements and enhancements to Merge Trains!
Process
Feature Flag Rollout Issues
The Pipeline Authoring and Continuous Integration groups have been seeing nice results from using feature flag rollout issues to document release plans. Here are some examples from Pipeline Authoring and Continuous Integration.
Feature Flag Usage Working Group
A new Working Group was started to focus on creating better alignment, tooling, and training around our internal usage of Feature Flags at GitLab. If you have any feedback for the group or would like to contribute in some way, please let me know.
Culture
Last week Elliot sent in a slightly concerning photo from his neighborhood, so the topic for this issue Island-hopping Canadian Grizzly Bears. Yikes… I think Colbert was right about bears 😆
Reminder, if you have anything to share from where you live, please send it my way.
Thanks
Thanks again for reading, and don’t forget to add any feedback you have to this issue, or send it to me directly either on Slack, or to dfrey@gitlab.com.
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