Re: [Wikimedia-l] Qualities for the next long-term WMF executive director

2016-03-06 Thread Greg Grossmeier

> Food for thought:
> 
> http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-best-managers-exhibit-these-7-behaviors-2016-1

I think that is great food for thought for managers of teams,
definitely.

I'm not sure it applies to managers of managers or executives; only
because those positions weren't a part of this investigation.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What kind of ED would you like to see?

2016-02-26 Thread Greg Grossmeier

> Greg, agree 100%, but that's not how I understood the question and the
> results of the staff survey. It seemed the staff expected the vision from
> the ED/Management.

I think you're misinterpreting.

The agree/disagree statement was:
"Senior leadership at Wikimedia have communicated a vision that
motivates me"  (7% agree)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2016-01-06/News_and_notes#WMF_staff_morale

See also, this quote in glassdoor, quoted in the Signpost as well:
"The Executive Director unveils a new strategy every three months or
so."

So, it's not that people wanted the vision solely from the
ED/Management, it's that they wanted a not constantly changing one.

This is getting off topic, however.

The point is, a vision does not need to come from one person, which you
agree with. A good vision comes from many people working together
collaboratively. Then sticking with it to see it through. Consistency is
needed in an ED.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] What kind of ED would you like to see?

2016-02-26 Thread Greg Grossmeier

> Subbu, one of the chief complains I heard about Lila was that she did not
> provide a clear vision. Yet, if we choose stewardship over leadership,
> that, at least in my mind, implies more of a mediator than a leader,
> without providing any clear vision themselves.  So is vision no longer a
> requirement from the ED?

Vision shouldn't be a one-person created thing.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Why we changed

2016-02-22 Thread Greg Grossmeier

> Why we’ve changed

Lila,

This is either the 3rd (or 4th?) semi-conflicting grand statement of
your overall thinking for the WMF that you have shared. If it’s not
that, it reads like an explanation for how you have been thinking about
the WMF since you started.

If the latter, why have we (staff and the community) not been told this
for 661 days? Or, in case I missed it, please do let me know where you
shared this previously. The best way to get people on board with your
thinking is by sharing your thinking in the first place.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-03 Thread Greg Grossmeier

> Eh I'd argue at this point we have a fairly good idea of what went on.
> 
> We know from the high employee turnover in some areas and the odd slip
> (well that and pretty direct complaints
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=WMF_Transparency_Gap=15199687=15199605
> ) that, oh lets call it moral, isn't exactly rock solid at the WMF. The
> long term failure to fill the chief technology officer position probably
> doesn't help but there are reasons to suspect there are other issues.

Normally, the way to measure such morale (along with other things) is via
a survey to measure employee engagement [0].

You can see past engagement surveys on metawiki [1].


[0] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Employee_engagement
[1] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Employee_engagement_survey


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Announcement about changes to the Board

2016-01-02 Thread Greg Grossmeier

> Then he tells to some of them: "This is going to happen. As you don't
> want that to happen, you should try to make pressure on Board members.
> I suggest you to do that in this way." I have to say that I did that
> numerous times on committee level in relation to the community needs:
> "Look, this is not going to pass Gerard. Our options to do that are
> those. You should do this, I will do that."

Asaf's comment disagrees with this point. I can confirm that with myself
as well. James never promised me anything specific was going to happen
and never made a recommendation on what I should do.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Invitation to WMF February 2014 Metrics Activities Meeting: Thursday, March 6, 19:00 UTC

2014-03-06 Thread Greg Grossmeier
quote name=Praveena Maharaj date=2014-03-06 time=10:30:09 -0800
 REMINDER: This meeting starts in 30 minutes.

Links here:
https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/currentmeeting

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia blog moving to WordPress.com

2013-09-05 Thread Greg Grossmeier
quote name=Tyler Romeo date=2013-09-05 time=23:17:46 -0400
 On Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM, shi zhao shiz...@gmail.com wrote:
 
  *.Wordpress.com blocked in China.
 
 Welp, there goes that plan.

Being pedantic: that doesn't mean that all wordpress.com hosted blogs
through different domains (eg: blog.wikimedia.org can point to a
wordpress.com IP, which the blog really lives) are blocked.

I can't think of one off the top of my head that is in that category
(they don't usually advertise that they're wordpress.com-hosted) to
test/suggest.

Greg


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: [Wikimania-l] git.wikimedia.org dead due to wikimania ; )

2013-08-13 Thread Greg Grossmeier
A quick update I just sent to wikitech-l (where this conversation should
be happening):

http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2013-August/071171.html

Full text below:



As you all are aware, git.wikimedia.org (powered by GitBlit) has been
unstable. The root cause is basically that there is insufficient caching
mechanisms in place exacerbated by a lack of robust rules for web
indexers (Google, Bing, etc).

Currently, the solution is to disallow all indexers from indexing
git.wikimedia.org via the robots.txt file
(https://git.wikimedia.org/robots.txt). We hope to open up indexing in a
more controlled fashion soon.

For now, git.wikimedia.org should be stable for everyday use.

You can follow along with the caching developments on bug 49371:
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=49371

Thanks to Chad and Ariel, especially, who have been working to make sure
this is resolved quickly and permanently.

Greg

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[Wikimedia-l] SUL (Single User Login) to be enabled on all wikis on Wednesday July 17th

2013-07-15 Thread Greg Grossmeier
On Wednesday July 17th we will be enabling a new centralized login
service to make the login experience for users more streamlined.

What do this mean for you? When you log in to any Wikimedia project
wiki, you will be actually logged into a central domain
(login.wikimedia.org), which will in turn log you into all of the other
wikis as needed.

Additionally, there will now no longer be the Login Success page, but
instead you will be automatically redirected to the page you came from.


You can see the full rollout plan for this here:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Auth_systems/SUL2#Rollout_Plan

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best,

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