Re: [Wikimedia-l] Update ED Transition Team pages

2013-09-10 Thread Anders Wennersten

Any update on this issue?

In earlier protocols it was mention a meeting to be had on Sept 4th, 
where a list of candidates should be presented


Jan-Bart de Vreede skrev 2013-05-02 20:25:

Hi Everyone,

As mentioned after Sue's announcement of her intention to depart the Foundation 
we will try to ensure transparency in the work of the Transition Team where 
possible (and respect privacy where necessary). To that end I would like to 
draw you attention to a set of recent changes made to the Transition Team pages 
on Meta:

These changes include a preliminary timeline, FAQ and an invitation to add people to the 
connectors list. Please feel free to add more questions and other discussion 
points. We expect to add more information (such as the choice we made with regards to the 
Search firm that will assist us) in the coming week.


Jan-Bart de Vreede
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2013-09-10 Thread Tilman Bayer
Minutes and slides from the third quarterly review of the Foundation's
Editor engagement experiments (E3) team are now available at

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM, Erik Moeller wrote:
 Hi folks,

 to increase accountability and create more opportunities for course
 corrections and resourcing adjustments as necessary, Sue's asked me
 and Howie Fung to set up a quarterly project evaluation process,
 starting with our highest priority initiatives. These are, according
 to Sue's narrowing focus recommendations which were approved by the
 Board [1]:

 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (mobile contributions + Wikipedia Zero)
 - Editor Engagement (also known as the E2 and E3 teams)
 - Funds Dissemination Committe and expanded grant-making capacity

 I'm proposing the following initial schedule:

 - Editor Engagement Experiments

 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (Contribs + Zero)

 - Editor Engagement Features (Echo, Flow projects)
 - Funds Dissemination Committee

 We’ll try doing this on the same day or adjacent to the monthly
 metrics meetings [2], since the team(s) will give a presentation on
 their recent progress, which will help set some context that would
 otherwise need to be covered in the quarterly review itself. This will
 also create open opportunities for feedback and questions.

 My goal is to do this in a manner where even though the quarterly
 review meetings themselves are internal, the outcomes are captured as
 meeting minutes and shared publicly, which is why I'm starting this
 discussion on a public list as well. I've created a wiki page here
 which we can use to discuss the concept further:

 The internal review will, at minimum, include:

 Sue Gardner
 Howie Fung
 Team members and relevant director(s)
 Designated minute-taker

 So for example, for Visual Editor, the review team would be the Visual
 Editor / Parsoid teams, Sue, me, Howie, Terry, and a minute-taker.

 I imagine the structure of the review roughly as follows, with a
 duration of about 2 1/2 hours divided into 25-30 minute blocks:

 - Brief team intro and recap of team's activities through the quarter,
 compared with goals
 - Drill into goals and targets: Did we achieve what we said we would?
 - Review of challenges, blockers and successes
 - Discussion of proposed changes (e.g. resourcing, targets) and other
 action items
 - Buffer time, debriefing

 Once again, the primary purpose of these reviews is to create improved
 structures for internal accountability, escalation points in cases
 where serious changes are necessary, and transparency to the world.

 In addition to these priority initiatives, my recommendation would be
 to conduct quarterly reviews for any activity that requires more than
 a set amount of resources (people/dollars). These additional reviews
 may however be conducted in a more lightweight manner and internally
 to the departments. We’re slowly getting into that habit in

 As we pilot this process, the format of the high priority reviews can
 help inform and support reviews across the organization.

 Feedback and questions are appreciated.

 All best,

 Erik Möller
 VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation

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