ExPlat’s Development Principles and Practices

When we started working on Automattic’s new experimentation platform (ExPlat), it became clear that we needed to agree on the development practices for the project. Achieving consensus was critical, given Automattic’s fractal nature and its strong emphasis on autonomy. In practice, these attributes lead to a high variability of project development cultures across the company, depending … Continue reading ExPlat’s Development Principles and Practices

Architecting ExPlat: Automattic’s New Experimentation Platform

Last month, my colleague Aaron Yan published a broad overview of Automattic’s new Experimentation Platform (ExPlat). This month, we’ll dive deeper into ExPlat’s architecture and design, explain how the landscape at Automattic informed our architectural decisions, and describe the platform’s main components. Future posts will share details on each component and other aspects of experimentation … Continue reading Architecting ExPlat: Automattic’s New Experimentation Platform

ExPlat: Automattic’s Experimentation Platform

Over the past 18 months, the Decision Science team has been building the Experimentation Platform (ExPlat): a tool to help our colleagues run experiments to improve customer experiences, inform product decisions, and quantify the impact of newly released features on many of Automattic’s products such as WordPress.com, Jetpack, Akismet, and more. In this multi-part series, … Continue reading ExPlat: Automattic’s Experimentation Platform