Twitter employees have been instructed to send updates of work being done each week

  • Elon Musk, CEO and billionaire of Twitter, directly leads the technical department.
  • Anyone doing technical work is now expected to send a weekly update on what they have accomplished.
  • According to a leaked email, this will help Twitter “innovate software quickly.”

The remaining Twitter employees are now expected to update their CEO Elon Musk weekly on everything they’re working on.

According to an email sent from the address used by Musk and his executive team, engineers and “anyone who should be writing code in other departments” were notified Monday night of a new process to track their work. Starting this week, anyone doing coding or engineering work is expected to submit a weekly summary of their work, their hopes, and the lines of code they’ve written.

“To innovate software quickly, understanding what everyone is working on and who is coding what is critical,” the email reads. It was signed by Twitter Engineering, a department Musk himself heads.

The email came just hours after Musk held what he said was another all-hands meeting at Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco no more layoffs and no plans to move the company’s base to Texas. Twitter now has around 2,300 full-time employees, Insider reported, up from 7,500 when Musk took over the company in late October.

In the emails, which employees are now required to submit individually, they must include a description of “what project you are working on” and “what you are trying to achieve” and specific “code examples/Phabricator links of the code written”. week.” Phabricator is a software development platform that allows active review of submitted code.

Depending on what specific type of work a person is doing, they need to change the information they submit each week, as outlined in the email. It concludes, “I look forward to making Twitter the top performing technology software company in the world.”

A full copy of the email is below:

Email from Twitter Engineering

Subject line: Weekly Software/Technical Updates

twitter team,

In order to innovate software quickly, it is important to understand what everyone is working on and who is programming what.

Going forward, please email the following weekly update to every Friday (Wednesday this week) in the following format:

– Subject line: “Weekly update, name, department and date (e.g. “Weekly update, John Smith, SWE, 11/20)

-Message text:

    • What project are you working on (e.g. Blue Verified)
    • What you want to achieve (e.g. reliably collect the $8 payment)
    • Code samples/Phabricator links from code written this week

This weekly update applies to:

    • All managers/engineers in SWE and ML
    • Anyone who should write code in other departments like SRE and Network
    • For technical positions that do not involve writing code (e.g. network/database administrator), replace “code samples/Phabricator links” above with “summary of work”.
    • For technical positions that do not write code and do analysis (e.g. data scientist), replace “code example/Phabricator links” with “analysis summary and results”.

If you have any questions or clarifications, please send an email to

We look forward to making Twitter the most powerful technology software company in the world.

Twitter engineering

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