[Wikimedia-l] Wikimania 2016 - Jury Announcement and Start of Bidding

2014-09-20 Thread Manuel Schneider
Dear Wikimedians,

Wikimania is the global, annual conference of the Wikimedia movement,
organised by the Wikimedia community. Organizing team and location are
chosen by a jury in a public bidding process.

Due to the growing requirements and complexity for this growing
conference the Wikimania Committee decided to revise the bidding
timeline to give more time to prepare the conference.

Here it is:
* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bid_selection_timeline

== Jury ==
The Wikimania Committee is pleased to announce the jury for Wikimania 2016:

Richard Symonds
Stuart Prior
Claudia Garad
Esteban Zarate
Daniel Bryant
Finne Boonen
Ellie Young

== Accepting Bids ==
We invite anyone in our community to  submit a proposal for Wikimania
2016 on Meta Wiki:
* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bids

Please consult the timeline and Judging Criteria that are posted at:
* https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimania_2016_bids

The deadline for bids is November 15, 23:59 UTC. You should setup a
bidding page and contact Ellie Young, WMF Conference Coordinator before
the deadline. She will help you prepare your bid. All bids which have
been confirmed until November 15 will be considered by the jury, others
will be dismissed.

Subsequently there will be a two week period where the community can
comment and offer feedback on the proposal.

In December your team must be available for conference calls with the
jury, after deliberations the host for Wikimania 2016 will be announced
by the end of 2014.

On behalf of the Wikimania Committee with regards,


Manuel
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Manuel Schneider - Chief Information Officer
Wikimedia CH - Verein zur Förderung Freien Wissens
Lausanne, +41 (21) 340 66 22 - www.wikimedia.ch

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Quarterly reviews of high priority WMF initiatives

2014-09-20 Thread Tilman Bayer
Minutes and slides from Wednesday's quarterly review meeting of the
Foundation's Growth team are now available at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMF_Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews/Growth/September_2014
.

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org 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:

 January:
 - Editor Engagement Experiments

 February:
 - Visual Editor
 - Mobile (Contribs + Zero)

 March:
 - 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:

 https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings/Quarterly_reviews

 The internal review will, at minimum, include:

 Sue Gardner
 myself
 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
 engineering.

 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

 [1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Vote:Narrowing_Focus
 [2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Metrics_and_activities_meetings
 --
 Erik Möller
 VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation

 Support Free Knowledge: https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Donate

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to beta-test HHVM

2014-09-20 Thread Guillaume Paumier
Hello,

On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 9:32 PM, Rand McRanderson therands...@gmail.com wrote:
 Here is one idea. A dashboard of top level Wikimedia projects with
 statuses, estimates, and a key to terms. Or does this exist?

There is https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Engineering/Dashboard

It doesn't have everything you mentioned, but we can build on it and improve it.

-- 
Guillaume Paumier

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to beta-test HHVM

2014-09-20 Thread Federico Leva (Nemo)

Rand McRanderson, 20/09/2014 21:32:

Here is one idea. A dashboard of top level Wikimedia projects


https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Engineering


with
statuses, estimates, and a key to terms. Or does this exist?


No: 
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Wikimedia_Engineering#Identifying_when_it.27s_too_late


Nemo

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