Twitter Employees Told to Send Updates of Work Done Each Week

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  • Twitter CEO and billionaire Elon Musk directly oversees its engineering department.
  • Everyone doing technical work is now expected to send a weekly update on what they’ve accomplished. 
  • This will help Twitter “innovate rapidly on software,” according to a leaked email.

Twitter’s remaining employees are now expected to keep its CEO Elon Musk up to date on everything they work on each week.

Engineers and “anyone who should be writing code in other departments” were informed Monday evening of a new process for keeping track of their work, according to an email sent from the address being used by Musk and his leadership team. Starting this week, everyone coding or doing technical work will be expected to submit a weekly summary of what they worked on, what they hoped to complete, and specific lines of code they wrote.

“In order to innovate rapidly on software, it is critical to understand what everyone is working on and who is coding what,” the email said. It was signed by Twitter Engineering, a department Musk himself is leading.

The email came just a few hours after Musk hosted another all hands meeting at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, during which he said there were no more layoffs coming and no plans to move the company’s base to Texas. Twitter now has roughly 2,300 full-time employees, as Insider reported, down from 7,500 when Musk took over the company at the end of October. 

In the emails employees will now be required to individually submit, they are to include a description of “What project you are working on” and “what you are trying to accomplish,” along with specific “Code Samples/Phabricator links of code written that week.” Phabricator is a software development platform that allows for an active review of submitted code.

Depending on what specific type of work a person is doing, they will need to change the information they sumbit each week, as detailed in the email. It concludes saying: “Looking forward to making Twitter the highest performing tech software company in the world.”

A complete copy of the email is below:

Email from Twitter Engineering

Subject line: Weekly Software/Technical Updates

Twitter Team,

In order to innovate rapidly on software, it is critical to understand what everyone is working on and who is coding what.

Moving forward, every Friday (this week, on Wednesday), please email the following weekly update to [email protected] with the following format:

-Subject line: “Weekly Update, name, dept, and date (eg “Weekly Update, John smith, SWE, 11/20)

-Email Body:

    • What project you are working on (eg Blue Verified)
    • What you are trying to accomplish (eg reliably collect the $8 payment)
    • Code Samples/Phabricator links of code written that week

This weekly update applies to:

    • All managers/engineers in SWE and ML
    • Anyone who should be writing code in other departments, such as SRE and Network
    • For technical positions where code is not written (eg network/database admin), replace “Code samples/Phabricator links” above with “Summary of work”
    • For technical positions where code is not written and analyses are being performer (eg data scientist), replace “Code sample/Phabricator links” with “Summary and results of analysis”

If there are any questions or ambiguity, please email [email protected]

Looking forward to making Twitter the highest performing tech software company in the world.

Twitter Engineering

Are you a Twitter employee or someone else with insight to share? Contact Kali Hays at [email protected], on secure messaging app Signal at 949-280-0267, or through Twitter DM at @hayskali. Reach out using a non-work device.

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