The change comes as part of a “dramatic rethink” of the technology and development workflows underpinning WordPress as a whole – a process which began around a year and a half ago. Project Lead Andy Peatling writes that, although the company’s existing codebase and workflows had served them well, 13 years or so of legacy code was standing between it and the ability to integrate the breakneck fast experience users demand in 2015 as traffic flows run ever deeper channels towards mobile.
For Peatling, “It seemed like collaboration between developers and designers was not firing on all cylinders.” There was only one solution: burning the theoretical drawing board to the ground and start afresh, on a sleek 2015 tablet.
Alongside a significant cognitive shift for the formerly PHP focused dev team, it was also a huge learning curve for the organisation. For the first time, the company utilised cross-team collaboration on GitHub, and peer code reviews via the pull request (PR) system.